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Test of human reaction capacity

Test of human reaction capacity

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As in many technical processes, in the course of many biological functions the output values act back on the input values. With the many disturbing influences that affect biological systems, a feed-back reaction (control loop) of this type enables an equilibrium to be established (homeostatis). The components of a biological control loop (receptors, neurones, synapses, effectors) require a certain time for the transmission of a signal. This time between the onset of a disturbance (stimulus) and the reaction which it triggers is called the dead time. In this experiment the test subject follows a rectangular curve on a slowly rotating drum, using a felt-tip pen inserted into a slit. In a reaction test the dead time is determined.


  • Easy to operate experiment setup in behavioural physiology
  • Experiment setup can be used for other experiments as well


  1. Measurement of dead time in a reaction test.
  2. Analysis of the transient response.
  3. Determination of threshold frequency for stimuli.
  4. Study of the effects of noise and alcohol on reaction capacity.

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  • Reaction capacity
  • Strobe drum
  • Control loop
  • Feedback reaction
  • Dead time
  • Follow-through time
  • Threshold frequency
  • Homeostatis
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p4070400e.pdf Experiment guide, English 183.25 KB

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