The effects of prepulse inhibition timing on the startle reflex and reaction time.

@article{Maslovat2012TheEO,
  title={The effects of prepulse inhibition timing on the startle reflex and reaction time.},
  author={Dana Maslovat and Paul M. Kennedy and Christopher J. Forgaard and R. Chua and Ian M. Franks},
  journal={Neuroscience letters},
  year={2012},
  volume={513 2},
  pages={243-7}
}
A loud acoustic stimulus has been shown to provoke a reflexive startle response and accelerate simple reaction times. However, an auditory prepulse presented in advance of a startling stimulus can reduce the effect of the startling stimulus. The current study examined the effect of the timing of the prepulse on startle-induced reaction times and the startle reflex. The task was to perform a 30° arm extension movement in response to a visual "go" stimulus. On selected trials, an auditory… CONTINUE READING

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