2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

The Effect of Brief Moderate Exercise on Reaction Time
Daniela M. Conway*, Katie A. Kertz, and Angela K. Geringer
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of moderate exercise on reaction time. Six men and 16 women were measured for reaction time (RT) using a Nelson Reaction Timer. This device allowed the subject to grasp the timer with their thumb and index finger when it is dropped and uses the gravitational constant to estimate time. Following the initial RT test, each subject rode on a stationary bike for five minutes at a self-selected pace against minimal resistance. Immediately following the exercise, the subjects performed the RT test again. The final two of three trials at each test were averaged for analysis. Repeated measures ANOVA indicated there was a significant difference (p = 0.03) between the pre- and post-exercise RT times but no significant difference between genders and no significant interaction. A majority of subjects will have a faster RT following moderate exercise.

Keywords: reaction time, heart rate, moderate exercise, stationary bike

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-7
Location: SUB-GEO
Time: 4:15

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