The effect of various levels of strenuous to exhaustive exercise on reaction time

  • V. L. Bender
  • G. H. McGlynn


Reaction times and heart rates of 10 subjects walking and running on a motor-driven treadmill were recorded. The exercise consisted of four 3-min stages: Stage 1, 2.5 mph at 12% grade; Stage 2, 3.4 mph at 14% grade; Stage 3, 4.2 mph at 16% grade; Stage 4, 5.0 mph at 18% grade. Subjects were given three separate tests at 1-week intervals. There was an increase in reaction time with increased exercise, but this effect diminished significantly over days. Also, when heart rate was 80% of maximum during the post-test, reaction time was not significantly different from the pre-test. Optimum reaction time was obtained at approximately 40% of maximum heart rate.

Key words

Exercise Reaction-time 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. L. Bender
    • 1
  • G. H. McGlynn
    • 1
  1. 1.Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Department of Health, Physical Education and RecreationUniversity of San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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