Factors that may affect reaction time
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For both males and females, reaction time shortens from infancy into late 20s then increases slowly until the 50s and 60s, then lengthens faster as the person gets into his 70s and beyond
Reaction time is fastest with an intermediate level of arousal, and deteriorates when the subject is either too relaxed or too tense
Distractions increase reaction time significantly, especially in younger individuals
Males generally have faster reaction time than females
Practice at a task decreases reaction time
When someone makes an error, subsequent reaction times are slower likely due to being more cautious
Reaction time deterioration due to fatigue is more marked when the task is complicated than when it is simple. Mental fatigue, especially sleepiness, has the greatest effect.
Shocking a subject when he reacts slowly does shorten reaction time
Stimulants tend to decrease reaction times to a point, similar to arousal. Depressants often increase reaction times.
Generally, reaction times are faster when the subject has been warned that a stimulus will arrive soon
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