FEMALE: I played in the orchestra.
MALE: Oh that’s cool. Daters also clicked if one interrupted the other to convey enthusiasm or interest in what was being said. For example:
FEMALE: They ought to just regulate at some point.
MALE: Exactly. But things went sour if one participant asked a lot of questions, which women did to keep a lagging conversation going and men used when they had nothing to say. The study confirms that people can hit it off with one another in a short amount of time. Just make sure you say all the right things before that buzzer sounds. —Amy Kraft [The above text is a transcript of this podcast.] Follow Scientific American on Twitter @SciAm and @SciamBlogs. Visit ScientificAmerican.com for the latest in science, health and technology news.
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