July 24, 2009 --
A stroke often robs people of the ability to focus. But new research finds patients who do special attention training exercises can recover some of what they lost. The treatment involves a psychologist guiding patients through a workout where they practice paying attention to more than one thing at a time.
In a study of 78 patients, those who got the special training did better on tests of attention that those who got standard rehab. The difference was seen after only 14 hours using the mental workout.
There is more on the research in the journal Stroke.