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Starting the Applet

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This applet times how long it takes you (in milliseconds) to move the mouse to a button and click it. On half of the trials you click a small button; on the other trials you click a large button. After a total of 40 trials, your data will be analyzed and displayed. The author's mean times were 769 msec for the small button and 577 msec for the large button.


The simulations were developed as part of a grant from NSF to David Lane of Rice University. Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education through grant DUE 9751307. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.