There are exceptional situations in which quick reactions can save lives. But even in normal everyday life it can't hurt to be on your toes and quickly make the right decisions. We introduce you to a web application that can measure and increase your reaction speed.
Fast reactions are often more important in everyday life than you think. The shorter it takes the brain to process a stimulus and perform the right action, the better. Then you can catch a falling glass, prevent your child from falling or brake in good time when driving a car. But the reaction time in fast-paced games like first-person shooters is also important for gamers.
But what is the best way to measure response time? With a practical web application like Human Benchmark , you can check how quickly you can react directly in the browser. We'll show you what other functions the site offers.
TEST RESPONSE TIME
Use the "Human Benchmark" to test and compare your ability to react and your memory.
Check reaction time with a click of the mouse: benchmark for people
The tool calculates your average response time from five random samples.
The web application is like a benchmark test on a PC, only for your brain, hence the name Human Benchmark . All you have to do is click Start, which will turn the screen red. If it turns green, click the mouse as quickly as possible to measure the reaction speed.
Repeat this step a total of five times and the site will calculate an average value from your reactions. You can then save the score and compare it with other users. In our test, we were around 211 milliseconds - if you look at the graphic on the side, this is pretty much average.
Human Benchmark: Further tools for quick reactions
With the Aim Trainer you can check your accuracy, for example.
The simple reaction test isn't the only tool on the website that can be used to measure your reaction speed. The "Aim Trainer" also checks your target accuracy so that you first have to hit the target with the mouse. You have to click on a total of 30 targets, then Human Benchmark calculates the mean value in the reaction speed again.
The memory tests, of which there are different variants, are also exciting. Under "Sequence Memory" you have to remember an increasing sequence of mouse clicks on a playing field with 3x3 boxes. The similar test "Visual Memory" in turn fades in white boxes for a short time on ever larger playing fields - if these have disappeared, you have to restore the pattern by clicking on it.
It gets really tricky with the "Chimp Test", the chimpanzee test. The great apes usually do extremely well in this category, as their short-term memory is very well developed. Individual digits are displayed here and must be clicked in ascending order. The highlight: After the first click, the remaining numbers are hidden and you have to select them from memory in the correct order. Convince yourself in this YouTube video:
These methods will help you to improve your reaction speed:
If you don't do particularly well on Human Benchmark's Reaction Test, there are a few different ways you can pick up the pace. In fact, it can be a lot of fun because video games have been shown to improve responsiveness. This means that there are primarily games such as first-person shooters, but also racing games. Using the mouse and gamepad can also lead to better hand-eye coordination.
Those who prefer to be physically active can train their own reactions in the fresh air. When running in the forest, you have to react quickly to the different surfaces and obstacles such as roots and puddles. Ball games such as badminton or exercises with a so-called reflex ball are also practical training methods.