Behavior modification in vision training: facilitating prerequisite behaviors and visual skills

J Am Optom Assoc. 1981 Apr;52(4):329-40.


Nine studies are presented illustrating how operant conditioning techniques can be used to facilitate the acquisition of task-relevant skills of young vision training patients. Four cases describe how behaviors considered prerequisite for visual skill training can be improved; task attention and motivation. Five cases show how special operant learning procedures, directly applied to visual skill performance, can facilitate the acquisition of such skills. It was suggested that all attempts at effective visual training recognize the role of scientifically based principles of learning and motivation in improving visual skills.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy* / methods
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Conditioning, Operant
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Orthoptics / methods*
  • Refractive Errors / therapy*
  • Strabismus / therapy*
  • Vision Disorders / therapy*