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Conversation Game

Overanalyze conversations to be more interesting.
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This device has a meter and includes two sets of skin conductance electrodes. Before conversation starts the players attach the electrodes and the device baselines their arousal levels giving a meter reading right in the middle. During conversation the needle moves toward the player who has the higher level of measured arousal. The goal of the game is to keep the needle on the other person's side of the meter. Interesting conversations stay in the middle.

It should be noted that arousal is not limited to positive interest. It would also be affected by strong annoyance and anger, as well as physiological attraction or aversion. The adverse situations would be avoided by simple refusal to play the game. But then again... those types of conversations can be quite interesting too.

Also available is the placebo version, which doesn't actually measure anything, but secretly causes the needle to deviate from one side to the other at random intervals.
LimpNotes, Jun 22 2014


       So, a sort of apathometer?   

       But wait! I forgot to say welcome to the HalfBakery! Have this bun by way of welcome.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 22 2014

       Thank you for the welcome and the courtesy bun. Instead of measuring apathy though we measure arousal and have the goal of generating more arousal in our opponent than we have in ourselves. The end objective being to improve social skills and relationships.

A topic of common interest should naturally emerge from playing, as should rules for sharing talk/listen time. And also, such interest generating behaviors as the use of inflection, enthusiasm, gesturing, etc. Maybe even flirting and seduction type behaviors.

Sure you could slap them in the face to increase their arousal and thereby win the game, but that's not what the game is for and hopefully not why one would play. The placebo version may accomplish the same objective without the complicated electronics.
LimpNotes, Jun 22 2014

       Welcome and have a bun for creativity, not just courtesy. I especially liked the placebo version. It aroused me. +
blissmiss, Jun 22 2014

       Hey thanks [blissmiss]. Glad someone was aroused. Glad I aroused someone.
LimpNotes, Jun 23 2014

       What [Bliss] said.
Voice, Jun 23 2014

       welcome and enjoy the conversation!
pashute, Jun 23 2014

       + bun up
xandram, Jun 24 2014

       Reminds me of the research that Carl Rove did recently.
RayfordSteele, Jun 30 2014


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