Psychomotor testing of on-call anaesthetists

Anaesthesia. 1986 Aug;41(8):868-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2044.1986.tb13136.x.


The critical flicker fusion frequency and choice reaction times of 16 on-call anaesthetists were measured between 1400 and 1600, at 2300 and at 0200 hours. Critical flicker fusion decreased between the afternoon and 2300; there was no further change between 2300 and 0200. No significant differences in choice reaction times were found on any of these different occasions.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesiology*
  • Flicker Fusion
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Psychomotor Performance*
  • Reaction Time / physiology
  • Time Factors