For my next book, I need to take a lot of data on the reaction times of humans. In order to make this investigation easier, I wrote a little program in processing to measure reaction times using three tests:
- Simple reaction time - This is a measure of how quickly you can respond to a stimulus. The goal is to click the mouse as soon as possible after an image of a light bulb turns green.
- Choice reaction time - This is a measure of how quickly you can respond to a stimulus where a simple decision needs to be made. In this case, if the light bulb turns yellow, left click your mouse, and if the bulb turns blue, right click your mouse.
- Aim test - This is a measure of how well you can quickly click on a small, randomly located target. As simple as it sounds, this is difficult to do quickly.
If you'd like to help me gather reaction time data for my upcoming book, here are some quick instructions:
- Download the program and unzip it. Open the folder and run "reaction_time.exe" (you will need Java 8.0 installed on your machine).
Thanks for your help!