Gabor spots are stimuli that drive early visual activity. They look like a series of black and white stripes, they can be oriented in any direction, they can be made easily distinguishable or difficult to see, small or large, central or peripheral, rotating or stationary.
It is known that human vision can be improved by focusing on a pattern called the Gabor Spot. By using the Gabor picture and rearranging it into a simple match 3 puzzle, the player can concentrate and train for an extended period of time.
How to Use Pictures - Gabor Spots
Our visual abilities have a significant impact on performance on a huge number of tasks. Numerous studies are investigating mechanisms that can improve vision.
One of the limitations of published research is that learning effects are often not transferable to the learning task or to the real world. Here we report the results of a new integrative perceptual learning program that combines multiple approaches to perceptual learning: learning with a diverse set of stimuli, optimized presentation of stimuli, multisensory facilitation, and continually amplifying training stimuli to generalize benefits to real-world tasks.
From middle age, the lenses in your eyes harden, become less flexible. Your eye muscles struggle harder to flex to focus on this font.
But a new form of learning - retraining the brain, in fact, can postpone the inevitable age-related loss of visual focus at close range, so you don't need reading glasses. Various studies show it works without any treatment.
Difficulty reading small print that begins in middle age is called presbyopia, from the Greek words for "old man" and "eyes." It is a very common condition, and despite its Greek etymology, women feel it the same way. Every five years, the average person over the age of 30 loses the ability to see one line on the reading tables used in the optometrist's office.
The tutorial includes looking at images called Gabor Patch under different conditions. Gabor spots optimally stimulate the part of the brain responsible for vision. The tutorial is based on trying to see the Gabor Spots, which are placed between distracting Flankers nearby. During training, the distance between Flankers changes, the target contrast decreases and images flicker on the screen for up to a millisecond - so that someone can barely see the target.
A number of studies show that doing this kind of exercise a hundred times over several sessions every week for several months will gradually reduce hyperopia.