Relationship between Reaction Time and Electroencephalographic Alpha Phase

Science  09 Dec 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3441, pp. 1765-1766
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3441.1765


Demonstrations of a relationship between human 8 to 13 per second (alpha) electroencephalographic activity and simple visual reaction time can be made at reliable levels of confidence by (i) sampling reaction times to stimuli given at phases of the alpha cycle 10 msec apart, (ii) selecting the phase with the slowest reaction times, and (iii) collecting enough reaction times to stimuli at this and some other control phase for statistical comparison.