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Do males or females have faster reaction times?

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Males have faster reaction times than women on average, based on testing at University of Colorado Boulder, as of 2015. Men had faster response times than women in experiments involving reactions to light and sounds. The results were consistent with the majority of reaction time studies.

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In the study, men detected light at a mean average of .501 seconds, while women detected it at .9151 seconds. In sound trials, men detected noise at .39725 seconds, while women detected it at .5685 seconds. Researchers hypothesize that men generally have faster reaction times than women due to differences in societal roles throughout human history.

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