Proximal and distal reaction times (RTs) are not differentially affected in parkinson's disease

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The hypothesis was tested that proximal and distal reaction times (RTs) might be differentially affected in Parkinson's disease (PD). Twelve patients with PD were compared with 12 age-matched healthy controls on tests of finger-, hand-, leg-, and torso-RTs. Patients were significantly slower in initiating all movements and were slower in executing all movements except for the leg (stepping) task. Choice- versus simple-RTs were also not differentially affected in the PD group. In the healthy subjects, age was significantly positively correlated with response initiation times (RITs) but not with movement times (MTs).

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