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The answer appeared to be that our unconscious responses are far quicker than our conscious ones.
But we also respond to events, and here a delay is highly relevant and noticeable.
The really surprising thing, therefore, was the length of the delay which seemed to be involved.
His own theory of consciousness as a kind of field has received somewhat less attention; and the strange brain-cutting experiment he proposed to test it seems likely to remain unperformed for the foreseeable future.
A large number of papers and discussions have been published: in 2004, Libet finally summarised his own account in the book Libet's early research was actually intended to explore what the minimum stimulus giving rise to a conscious sensation might be.