Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Bradley Coffey


There continues to be much debate about the efficacy of vision therapy. Some practitioners claim VT is the best treatment option for a host of visual conditions while others maintain it is a waste of time. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether motivation may play a role in this discrepancy. A standardized motivation protocol was developed and applied to an experimental group of 26 first-year optometry and undergraduate psychology students during a speed of recognition training session. Performance on a near tachistocopic task was measured before and after the training session and compared to a group of 24 control subjects. Results showed no significant between-group differences. Subjects' perceived motivation and the level of confidence they placed in the experimenter were determined with an exit questionnaire. Results showed significant between-group differences on each question, suggesting the value of applying a motivation regimen to the optometry patient.

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