Reaction time software contributions for assessments of motor behavior and health: E-Prime® software

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Tânia Brusque Crocetta
Alexandro Andrade


The study analyzed scientific production related to the use of reaction time software (RT), to identify the most used and describe the main issues of studies that have made use of this software published from 2001 to 2013 in the ScienceDirect electronic database, since this database is comprehensive and covers the main areas of interest with the use of this software. From the words “reaction time” and “computer or software”, the E-Prime® software was identified as the most used, totaling 11 articles, which were selected for the study. The items investigated were: journal, objective, sample, application area or specialty, accessory used to reply, RT type, task description and results. The Appetite journal published two articles; the other articles were published in different journals, with predominance of research with healthy adults (n=5) with 57.6 participants on average. To record response in the data collection, it was used an external accessory accompanying the software. In relation to the topic, the results of articles on the analyses of coordination and motor plans (n=2), analyses of disorders related to the use of substance (n=2), vision disorders (n=1), analyses of feeding behavior (n=2), effect of motivation on performance in RT (n=1), speech and language disorders (n=2), and evaluation of attention disorders in Parkinson’s patients (n=1) were identified and presented. The results demonstrate the applicability diversity of studies with RT tasks using only one software and the strong relationship between RT and measures of physical
and cognitive health.


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Crocetta, T. B., & Andrade, A. (2014). Reaction time software contributions for assessments of motor behavior and health: E-Prime® software. ABCS Health Sciences, 39(2).
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