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reaction time

noun, Psychology
the interval between stimulation and response.
Origin of reaction time
1875-80 Unabridged
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  • Also, the reaction time bit is interesting, but that is not why some martial artists seemingly read their opponents' minds.
  • They do not cloud your mind or cause any slowness in your reaction time, so essential to musical performance.
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  • But for the others, their reaction time to fearful faces slowed in proportion to their lack of empathy.
  • Cognitive performance was also noted through testing visual spatial memory of locations and choice reaction time tasks.
  • For more than a century, psychologists have used reaction time as a window into the brain.
British Dictionary definitions for reaction time

reaction time

(physiol) another name for latent time
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reaction time in Medicine

reaction time n.
The interval between the presentation of a stimulus and the response to it.

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