Fastest nerve impulse

Fastest nerve impulse
Human nerves
288 kilometre(s) per hour
Not Applicable (New York)

The fastest nerve impulses travel at 288 km/h (180 mph) and are achieved by various nerves in the body. This was published by C.F. Stevens, in New York, in 1966, in Neurophysiology: A Primer.

Based on experiments conducted in 1966, our fastest nerve impulses can travel up to 288 km/h (180 mph), though these slow as we age. The speed of nerve impulses varies enormously in different types of neuron. The fastest are nerves contained within a myelin sheath, and tend to be responsible for sensory detection (detection of external stimuli i.e. temperature, sight) rather than motor reactions (responsible for movement).