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IJCRR. 2013; 5(14): 60-64


AUDITORY AND VISUAL REACTION TIME IN YOUNG ADULTS WITH CONCOMITANT USE OF CELL PHONES

Manjinder Kaur, Harpreet Singh, Sangeeta Nagpal, M.L. Suhalka.

Abstract
The use of mobile phones while doing tasks which require high attention span, can affect the reaction time of the individual which can lead to serious and undesirable consequences, for example while driving. The present study was conducted on 82 young healthy volunteers, comprising 52 females and 30 males, to study the change in their auditory reaction time (ART) and visual reaction time (VRT) with the concomitant use of mobile phones. The mean age of the volunteers was 23.5 5.75 years. The ART and VRT were measured using Audio Visual Reaction Time Machine, RTM 608. After recording the baseline reaction time when not using mobile phone, ART & VRT were measured when the subjects conversed on the mobile phone, in conventional hand held method and then later when they continued their conversation in the hands free mode. Results showed that the ART significantly increased from the baseline (p

Key words: reaction time, handsfree mobile, driving, dual task performance



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