Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Reaction times

Some of the earliest research in modern psychology measured reaction times. Wundt did so in the first modern experimental psychology lab in Leipzig, Germany in the 1870s.

Here is a link to an article from the New York Times on current research into reaction times. The research indicated that sprinters who are closer to the starter's gun react slightly faster to it. One possible explanation is that people react faster to louder noises. Of course, the closer you are to a sound, the louder you will perceive it to be.


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