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Comparison between Auditory and Visual Simple Reaction Times

Author(s): Jose Shelton | Gideon Praveen Kumar

Journal: Neuroscience & Medicine
ISSN 2158-2912

Volume: 01;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 30;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Reaction time | Auditory stimuli | Visual stimuli | Neuromuscular-physiological response | auditory cortex | visual cortex | muscle contraction

Objective: The purpose of this study was to find out whether the simple reaction time was faster for auditory or visual stimulus and the factors responsible for improving the performance of the athlete. Methodology: 14 subjects were as- signed randomly into groups consisting of 2 members. Both the members from each group performed both the visual and auditory tests. The tests were taken from the DirectRT software program from a laptop. The DirectRT software consists of Testlabvisual and Testlabsounds to test the reaction times to visual and auditory stimuli. The 2 members from each group completed both the visual and auditory reaction times, the data was taken and the mean reaction time was calculated excluding the first and last values. Results: The results show that the mean visual reaction time is around 331 milliseconds as compared to the mean auditory reaction time of around 284 milliseconds. Conclusion: This shows that the auditory reaction time is faster than the visual reaction time. And also males have faster reaction times when compared to females for both auditory as well as visual stimuli.
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