Reaction Time: Men vs. Women

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| Reaction Times: Men vs. Women | | | To determine which gender has a faster reaction time using a reaction time yard stick. The experiment involved testing a total of 60 subjects, 30 men and 30 women, and documenting the results. The results were then calculated to determine the mean of each gender and the standard deviation to see if there was a significant difference between the reaction time of men versus the reaction time of women. | Reaction time is measured by the amount of time elapsed between application of a stimulus and detection of a response. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if men or women have faster reaction times by measuring the reaction time of subjects using a reaction time stick. The hypothesis for the experiment was men have a faster reaction time than women; the null hypothesis was also men have a faster reaction time than women. Method and Materials: 1. A reaction time stick with increments in milliseconds was obtained. 2. A total of 60 subjects were tested; 30 men and 30 women. 3. The reaction time stick was suspended vertically in front of the subject so it was at a comfortable level for them to perform experiment. The subject placed their thumb on one side of the stick so the top of the thumb was at the “Thumb Line” mark on the stick with remaining fingers on the opposite side of stick. 4. The stick was released without warning and reaction time was measured where the subject’s thumb grabbed the reaction time stick. 5. Measurements were recorded for each subject. Reaction Time Experiment Results: Group One, the 30 men tested, had a mean reaction time of 191 milliseconds. Group Two, the 30 women tested, had a mean reaction time of 194 milliseconds. | One (Men) | Two (Women) | 1 | 180 | 175 | 2 | 110 | 180 | 3 | 260 | 220 | 4 | 340 | 140 | 5 | 235 | 160
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