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Duration of Reaction Time

Definition - What does Duration of Reaction Time mean?

Duration of reaction time refers to the length of time between the presentation of a stimulus and the initiation of the muscular response to the stimulus. Often a number of stimuli are presented at once, requiring individual responses to each one. A single stimulus will require only a short reaction time, but when there is more than one, time is required to determine the order of response. Therefore, reaction time increases proportionally to the number of responses required.

Safeopedia explains Duration of Reaction Time

Although the duration of reaction time is largely inherent, there are things that can be done to improve reaction time. These include detecting the cue, decision making, change in attention focus, controlling anxiety, and creating optimum levels of motivation.

Factors that affect duration time include gender and age, stage of learning, psychological state, level of fitness, number of possible responses, time available, intensity of the stimuli, anticipation, experience and overall state of health.

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