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Test your Reaction Time

Reac­tion time is the time it takes to react to some­thing. It can be con­sid­ered as an index of your speed of pro­cess­ing: It shows how fast you can exe­cute the men­tal oper­a­tions need­ed by the task at hand.

Reac­tion Time is a basic mea­sure used in many psy­chol­o­gy stud­ies. Par­tic­i­pant are most often asked to push a but­ton when done with the task, which can be as var­ied as detect­ing an object, mem­o­riz­ing a word, or iden­ti­fy­ing an emo­tion. As brain pro­cess­ing is quite fast, reac­tion times are usu­al­ly mea­sured in mil­lisec­onds (a thou­sandth (1/1000) of a sec­ond).

What is your aver­age Reac­tion Time? Ready to try? Click here to start. Fun twist: Try before and after your Christ­mas din­ner!

Mer­ry Christ­mas from the Sharp­Brains Team

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