Reaction Time

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  • Reaction Time
    • Response Time
      • The time taken to complete the movement after the onset of the stimulus
    • Reaction Time
      • The time taken to start the movement after the onset of the stimulus
    • Movement Time
      • The time taken to start and complete the movement
    • Reaction Time + Movement Time = Response TIme
    • Arousal affects reaction time
      • Response - gun to line
      • Reaction - gun to blocks
      • Blocks to line
    • Factors Affecting Reaction Time
      • Limb used
        • Reaction time becomes slower the further the information has to travel in the nervous system
      • Gender
        • Males tend to have quicker reaction times than females, especially at a younger age
      • Personality
        • Reaction time tends to be quicker for extroverts than introverts
      • Arousal & Motivation
        • Optimum levels of these are required for the quickest reaction time
      • Body Temperature
        • Reactions quicker at high temperature
      • Age
        • Reaction time speeds up until about 20 years of age and then slow down
    • Types of Reaction Time
      • Simple Reaction Time
        • This is when there is only one response
      • Choice Reaction Time
        • This is when there is more than one stimulus e.g. selecting the correct response when playing cricket

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