central reaction time

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According to an analysis introduced in 1868 by the Dutch ophthalmologist Franciscus Cornelius Donders (1818–89), the fraction of reaction time that remains after subtracting the time taken up by the passage of a nerve impulse from the sensory receptor to the brain and for another nerve impulse from the brain to the muscle. Compare physiological time. Also called abbreviated reaction time or reduced reaction time.

Subjects: Psychology.

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