Reaction Time

Reaction time refers to the amount of time taken after the presentation of a stimulus for a participant to make a judgment and then provide a response. An example would be providing a person with a word and then the person tapping on a key to denote whether the word was a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, or article. The exercise provides a means of evaluation of the stimulus and the generation of a response on the part of the participant. The research question deals with how long the participant takes to respond to the particular stimulus. The consideration is whether or not particular sounds or stimuli provoke a faster recognition and subsequent response. This entry provides some examples of reasons for testing reaction time, reviews ...

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