Activity: Reaction Time
- Understand the concept of reaction time
- Understand how various factors can affect an individual's reaction to a stimulus
- Ask students "What is reaction time?" Give some examples of when we can observe reaction time.
- Have students hold their hands in front of them palms facing each other.
- Explain that they are to clap their hands as close as they can to when you clap yours.
- Do a few claps.
- Instead of clapping, reach for your ear or some other unexpected move.
- How did the students react when you clapped your hands?
- How did the students react when you made an unexpected move?
- How many students clapped their hands when you made the unexpected move?
- How long did it take you to react appropriately?
- Why were some students slower to react than others?
- When is quick reaction time important?
- When does a pilot need to have fast reaction time?
- What can slow down reaction time?
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