The great technology breakthroughs of the last years have got us closer to identifying biometric quantifiers that just a decade ago seemed impossible. Human emotions are one the rising trends of the sector of Quantified-self. All aspects of our life are affected to any extent by emotions: happiness, sadness, boredom or good mood are emotional answers of a huge influence and impact and developers, companies and markets know it.
Andrew Tarvin explains in his web Humor that works how companies can benefit from humour: it reduces stress levels at the time it increases workers’ satisfaction and commitment towards their partners and the company.
Everybody thought that the biggest part of the brain, the frontal lobe, was responsible for emotional responses and laugh. However, recent researches have proven that laugh is generated by different parts of the brain. Hemispheres are responsible for the intellectual analysis of words and images that make us catch a joke.
Finding out the keys that generate our emotions is one of the greatest challenges we face. Humour, just like other emotional responses, is being the subject of study of several professionals that are looking for apps and ways of measuring what makes us human.
Emotions, devices and apps
Apps and devices that we have already talked about like Sociometric Solutions focus on studying the social behaviour at work. Others try to get us closer to measuring and quantifying our emotions. These are some examples:
- Wake mate. This wearable uses data from the sleep of users in order to wake them up during their stage of light sleep. It helps compiling data from their sleep and measures their morning mood through online analysis trends. This device is connected via Bluetooth to any Android, iPhone or BlackBerry device.
- MoodPanda. This app measures humour on a scale from 0 to 10. Besides, it offers the users the possibility to share through their social networks in what mood they are and what things are having an impact on them.
- MoodScope. This app measures humour based on the results obtained in an online card game and the mood of the user is automatically share with his friends through email. It also provides you with a table where you can see the progress through the day and identify events that may have influenced your mood.
- GottaFeeling. This free iOS app measures users’ feelings and emotions. It has a platform to share the results and it also keeps record of the time and place. Besides, it creates reports and shares them depending on the different feelings of users.
In a few years not only data about our performance will be a part of our day-to-day, knowing our behaviour and our emotions will help us improve and learn about ourselves.
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