Test-retest of a phoria adaptation stimulus-induced functional MRI experiment

Cristian Morales, Suril Gohel, Mitchell Scheiman, Xiaobo Li, Elio M. Santos, Ayushi Sangoi, Tara L. Alvarez

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This study was designed to identify the neural substrates activated during a phoria adaptation task using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in young adults with normal binocular vision and to test the repeatability of the fMRI measurements for this protocol. The phoria adaptation task consisted of a block protocol of 90 seconds of near visual crossed fixation followed by 90 seconds of far visual uncrossed fixation, repeated three times; the data were collected during two different experimental sessions. Results showed that the oculomotor vermis, cuneus, and primary visual cortex had the greatest functional activity within the regions of interest studied when stimulated by the phoria adaptation task. The oculomotor vermis functional activity had an intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) of 0.3, whereas the bilateral cuneus and primary visual cortex had good ICC results of greater than 0.6. These results suggest that the sustained visual fixation task described within this study reliably activates the neural substrates of phoria adaptation. This protocol establishes a methodology that can be used in future longitudinal studies investigating therapeutic interventions that may modify phoria adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Vision
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


  • Binocular dysfunction
  • Cuneus
  • Functional MRI
  • Intraclass correlation coefficient
  • Oculomotor vermis
  • Phoria adaptation
  • Reliability


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