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Neural Plasticity
Volume 2017, Article ID 4780876, 7 pages
Research Article

Aerobic Exercise Effects on Ocular Dominance Plasticity with a Phase Combination Task in Human Adults

1School of Ophthalmology and Optometry and Eye Hospital, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang 325003, China
2McGill Vision Research, Department of Ophthalmology, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1A1

Correspondence should be addressed to Jiawei Zhou;

Received 22 September 2016; Revised 24 January 2017; Accepted 7 February 2017; Published 5 March 2017

Academic Editor: Clive R. Bramham

Copyright © 2017 Jiawei Zhou et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Several studies have shown that short-term monocular patching can induce ocular dominance plasticity in normal adults, in which the patched eye becomes stronger in binocular viewing. There is a recent study showing that exercise enhances this plasticity effect when assessed with binocular rivalry. We address one question, is this enhancement from exercise a general effect such that it is seen for measures of binocular processing other than that revealed using binocular rivalry? Using a binocular phase combination task in which we directly measure each eye’s contribution to the binocularly fused percept, we show no additional effect of exercise after short-term monocular occlusion and argue that the enhancement of ocular dominance plasticity from exercise could not be demonstrated with our approach.