Reaction Time Improvements by Neural Bistability

Henk Koppelaar*, Parastou Kordestani Moghadam, Kamruzzaman Khan, Sareh Kouhkani, Gijs Segers, Martin van Warmerdam

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The often reported reduction of Reaction Time (RT) by Vision Training) is successfully replicated by 81 athletes across sports. This enabled us to achieve a mean reduction of RTs for athletes eye-hand coordination of more than 10%, with high statistical significance. We explain how such an observed effect of Sensorimotor systems’ plasticity causing reduced RT can last in practice for multiple days and even weeks in subjects, via a proof of principle. Its mathematical neural model can be forced outside a previous stable (but long) RT into a state leading to reduced eye-hand coordination RT, which is, again, in a stable neural state.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Eye-hand coordination
  • FitzHugh-Nagumo model
  • Reaction time
  • Sensorimotor system
  • Stroboscopic training


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