A group of neuroscientists at the University of Rochester have shown that intensive training can promote recovery after a stoke. What’s new is that the patients recovered vision after a stroke had damaged their visual cortex.
A stroke to the visual cortex causes a type of blindness called “cortical blindness” — the eyes still send information to the visual part of the brain but because of the stroke the brain can not process the information and the patient can not see. Often these strokes affect only a part of the visual cortex leaving the person with a perceptual hole where they have no conscious feeling that they can see. The traditional view is that there is little recovery after this type of stroke. But Dr. Huxlin and her colleagues have shown that intensive visual training can promote a remarkable amount of recovery.
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