Factor Affecting Reaction Time Essay

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Reaction time is the elapses between a stimulus and the response to the stimulus; there are a large number of studies on reaction times and learning disabilities, but very few on reaction times with the subjects having specific learning disabilities in the general population. The focus of this research is on the reaction times of people with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dyspraxia; these will not be reviewed in a large amount of detail and will only be referred to if appropriate. Reaction time it has been a topic that is investigated throughout history as far back to Donders in 1868 who developed the idea that the simple reaction time was shorter than it recognition reaction time, he also argues that the choice…show more content…
Reaction time is the elapses between a stimulus and the response to the stimulus; there are a large number of studies on reaction times and learning disabilities, but very few on reaction times with the subjects having specific learning disabilities in the general population. The focus of this research is on the reaction times of people with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dyspraxia; these will not be reviewed in a large amount of detail and will only be referred to if appropriate. Reaction time it has been a topic that is investigated throughout history as far back to Donders in 1868 who developed the idea that the simple reaction time was shorter than it recognition reaction time, he also argues that the choice reaction time was the longest. Psychologists Luce (1989) and Welford (1980) have specified three basic types of reaction time experiments: simple reaction time experiments, recognition reaction time experiments and choice reaction time experiments. The simple reaction time experiment has one stimuli and one response from the stimulus. Recognition reaction time experiments have one correct response from the stimulus and choice reaction time experiments result in the response should correspond to the stimulus. (Luce, 1989) (Welford, 1980) There are many factors that can affect the reaction time which have been studied such as age, it is suggested that as age increase there is more variability with reaction times, it can be more affected if there

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