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The College at Brockport: State University of New York

1973

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The Effect Of Using Unisensory Event Certainty On The Psychological Refractory Period, James Wolfgang May 1973

The Effect Of Using Unisensory Event Certainty On The Psychological Refractory Period, James Wolfgang

Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education Master’s Theses

In many situations where a person is required to react to two stimuli that occur in rapid succession there will be a lag in the response time of the second reaction. This lag in response is what is known as a “psychological refractory period” (PRP). The PRP is thought to be a limit of some mechanism in the brain to process successively occurring stimuli occurring between 50 – 250 milliseconds apart. Five different theories attempt to explain the mechanism underlying the PRP. This study tests one of them: the expectancy theory. Expectancy theory states that PRP depends on the subject’s ...