Geriatric Neuropsychology Laboratory

New England Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)


Treatment and Study of Visual Disorder after Stroke

We at the GNL are concerned with the effect of stroke on visual and spatial behavior. The laboratory has had a history of working with patients who have a condition called Hemispatial Neglect, in which the sufferer experiences difficulty in attending or acknowledging stimuli that fall on one side of his or her vision. In some patients this disorder has been difficult to treat, and is very debilitating.

The lab conducts studies to better understand the relationship between visual disorders and stroke. These involve a number of simple tests administered with paper and pencil or with a computer. Some of these can be conducted at home, but those that rely on specialized equipment must be conducted in our laboratory at the Boston VA Medical Center.

The Treatment of Visual Disorders Project seeks anyone who has had a stroke and experienced visual or perceptual problems. We also seek healthy men and women of any age who have had no history of stroke or dementia.

For more information about this study, please contact:

Joe DeGutis, Ph.D. by email ( ), or by phone: (857) 364-6168