Participants needed: Rehabilitation for partial visual field loss (e.g. hemianopia)

Hi all,

We are developing a new, free training program called Durham Reading and Exploration (DREX) that can help individuals who have hemianopia or quadrantanopia to maximize the use of their remaining sight using a touchscreen or computer-based training app. If successful, then the training will provide a quick and user-friendly tool that can improve their searching and reading skills.

Participants will be asked to complete four assessment sessions, and one session of exploration and reading training. The assessment sessions can be done at participants’ home if that is most convenient. If participants would prefer to do these at the University (Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University in Stockton-on-Tees), then this can be arranged and any transport costs would be reimbursed. Each assessment session would take no more than 2 hours.

The training programme would require participants to complete approximately 35 hours of training at home over the course of 12 weeks. Half of the training (6 weeks) is an exploration training. The other half (6 weeks) is a reading training. The training would be done using either a computer or touchscreen tablet, and this will be provided if participants do not have one. Half way through the training and then again at the end of the training, we would repeat the assessment session. Participants will be invited to complete the assessment session one further time, 3 months after the end of the training. This is necessary for us to determine if the training is successful.

Therefore, we are looking for individuals who aged 18 years or above who has been diagnosed with a homonymous visual field loss such as hemianopia and quadrantanopia due to stroke or post-chiasmatic injury.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Azuwan Musa at Durham University. His contact details are:

Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit,
Wolfson Research Institute,
Durham University
TS17 6BH
Tel: 0191 3340588 / 074811 57071
Email: azuwan.musa@durham.ac.uk

You may also contact:

Dr. Alison Lane
Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit,
Wolfson Research Institute,
Durham University
TS17 6BH
Tel: 0191 3340431
Email: a.r.lane@durham.ac.uk

Website: www.durham.ac.uk/drex

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