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Reaction Time in Healthy Female Subjects in Relation to Monthly Sexual Cycle


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1 Mlati Community Health Care, Tirtoadi, Mlati, Sinduadi, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2 Department of Physiology, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia
 

To examine whether mental process in female subjects is influenced by monthly sexual cycle. Reaction time (RT) was measured in twenty healthy female undergraduates, who had regular menstrual cycle, normal body mass index and normal hearing function, low anxiety level, and had no color blindness. Simple and choice RT to visual and auditory stimuli were measured using a response velocity measurement device. The RT measurements were done in day 4 of the cycle (menstruation phase) and day 7 (follicular phase) with the randomly assigned time order. Data were analyzed using paired t-test. Visual RT, auditory RT, and choice RT decreased significantly in follicular phase than during menstruation (p < 0.05). Mental process in female subjects is influenced by monthly sexual cycle.

Keywords

Simple Reaction Time, Choice Reaction Time, Mental Process, Menstrual Cycle, Estrogen.
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Authors

Anita Tri Kusuma
Mlati Community Health Care, Tirtoadi, Mlati, Sinduadi, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Ikhlas Muhammad Jenie
Department of Physiology, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Abstract


To examine whether mental process in female subjects is influenced by monthly sexual cycle. Reaction time (RT) was measured in twenty healthy female undergraduates, who had regular menstrual cycle, normal body mass index and normal hearing function, low anxiety level, and had no color blindness. Simple and choice RT to visual and auditory stimuli were measured using a response velocity measurement device. The RT measurements were done in day 4 of the cycle (menstruation phase) and day 7 (follicular phase) with the randomly assigned time order. Data were analyzed using paired t-test. Visual RT, auditory RT, and choice RT decreased significantly in follicular phase than during menstruation (p < 0.05). Mental process in female subjects is influenced by monthly sexual cycle.

Keywords


Simple Reaction Time, Choice Reaction Time, Mental Process, Menstrual Cycle, Estrogen.

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