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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