To train or not to train?

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Visual restitution training may improve the vision of people with hemianopia, yet not all patients benefit equally from this long and exhaustive procedure. Would it not be great if we could predict who will benefit and who will not? In a recent paper in the journal “Neuroimage: Clinical”, Hinke Halbertsma and colleagues suggest this may be possible based on resting-state fMRI signals. They found that the functional connections between the anterior Precuneus and the Occipital Pole Network – prior to training – were stronger in people who would – ultimately – benefit most from training. Want to know more? Find the paper here.

Functional connectivity strength of the precuneus prior to training shows a positive relationship to improvement due to training.