Priest Develops Practical Psychogalvanometer (Feb, 1937)

If you can’t lie to your priest, who CAN you lie to?

Priest Develops Practical Psychogalvanometer

A PSYCHOGALVANOMETER invented by Father Walter G. Summers, head of the department of psychology at Fordham University in New York City, is said to be a practically infallible lie detecting device.

The apparatus consists of two boxes. One, resembling a radio set, contains a system of balanced electric circuits. The other, a milliammeter, produces a chart tracing of the emotional reactions of the person being tested. The combined apparatus amplifies the electrical charge inherent in the human body to such an extent that variations, caused by the emotions, cause a change in the tracing.

3 comments
  1. fluffy says: December 26, 20073:01 am

    So the e-meter has a precedent! Huh.

  2. Stannous says: December 26, 20074:48 pm

    It needs a feedback zapper to sting the sinners!

  3. nlpnt says: December 26, 20075:53 pm

    NO ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!
    Our chief weapon is surprise! Surprise and fear….our TWO chief weapons are surprise, fear and a cobbled-up lie detec-THREE! Our THREE chief weapons are….never mind, can I start over?

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