Word Training

by the Human Vision and Eye-Movement (HVEM) laboratory, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
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1) Reading Training Test (hemianopia control group)

Why are you asking me to take part?

People with Hemianopia report that the number one disadvantage to their type of vision loss is reading! Our research team has designed a rehabilitation program to try to improve their word recognition skills and hopefully their reading efficiency. However we want to know whether our word recognition training program will show benefits over reading text (online novels) for the same duration as the training program. We want to find out if reading alone (without the word recognition training) is beneficial for people with right hemianopia – this is where you can help!

What is Reading Training?

Reading Training is the repeated task of reading novels from an online source (that was created by our team). 

How much time will I need?

You will be asked to take part in a 30 minute training session, three times a week. This will last for a minimum of 7 weeks, but could take longer.

Is there anything else I will have to do?

Although the reading training is online, we need to make sure we find out exactly how helpful the training has been to you. To do this we need you to visit our Lab in Vancouver on two occasions: before and after your training. If you don't live nearby we will cover your flight and accommodation expenses for the trip.

How do I participate?

Email Us: training@hvemlab.org to learn more about this research and how you can take part in it.



2) Reading Speed Test (healthy control group)

Why are you asking me to take part? 

People with Hemianopia report that the number one disadvantage to their type of vision loss is reading! Our research team has designed a rehabilitation program to try to improve their word recognition skills and hopefully their reading efficiency. Because reading speed part of our standard assessments for patients before and after training, we need to compare their reading speeds to those who do not have any reading or vision impairments – this is where you can help!

How much time will I need? 

For ease, this reading speed test can be found online. We ask that you take part in a one-time 30 minute session where you will have to read a series of paragraphs.  Each paragraph is timed and will be recorded for you. You will receive feedback on how you did and where you rank amongst others who’ve taken the test!

Will I receive reimbursement for doing this?

There is no payment for this study. However you will be helping us collect normative data.

Will you share my information with others?

All information you give us is stored in a database. All our databases are password-protected and secure. We do not share any information that would identify you.

How do I participate?

Send us your email below and agree to the consent provided, we will then send you an email with information on how to access the online test.


By ticking the box below, you are saying that:

- You agree to take part in this research.
- You feel like you understand what you are getting into.
- You understand that you can leave the study at any time.

I agree to take part in this research, I feel like I understand what I am getting into, and that I am free to withdraw at any time.

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Please enter your email address in the box below and click the 'Submit' button so we can send you information on how to proceed.