Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Lighthouse Technique

  • Janet P. NiemeierEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1092


Mental Imagery

The Lighthouse Technique (LHS) combines mental imagery and attention training and was developed (Niemeier 1998) to address the devastating effect of neglect on long-term post-injury recovery and outcomes (Heilman et al. 1997). Inclusion of the component of mental imagery was informed by the sports psychology literature on performance enhancement (Williams and Leffingwell 1996). The LHS is also based on the cognitive rehabilitation research findings, supporting the effectiveness of attention and memory training (Cicerone et al. 2005; Luukkainen-Markkula et al. 2009; Marshall 2009; Sohlberg and Mateer 2001; Wilson 1987) for persons with brain injury. Since the development and testing of the Lighthouse Strategy, investigators and reviewers have repeatedly cited it as a unique and effective, evidence-based mental or visual imagery strategy for reinforcing patient’s direction of attention following brain injury (Bailey et al. 2002; Bryck and Fisher 2012; Maxton et...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Carolinas RehabilitationCarolinas Healthcare SystemCharlotteUSA