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psychometry

[sahy-kom-i-tree] /saɪˈkɒm ɪ tri/
noun
1.
Psychology, psychometrics.
2.
the alleged art or faculty of divining facts concerning an object or a person associated with it, by contact with or proximity to the object.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; psycho- + -metry
Related forms
psychometric, psychometrical, adjective
psychometrician
[sahy-kom-i-trish-uh n] /saɪˌkɒm ɪˈtrɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
psychometrist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for psychometric

psychometric

/ˌsaɪkəʊˈmɛtrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to psychometrics or psychometry
Derived Forms
psychometrically, adverb

psychometry

/saɪˈkɒmɪtrɪ/
noun (psychol)
1.
measurement and testing of mental states and processes See also psychometrics
2.
(in parapsychology) the supposed ability to deduce facts about events by touching objects related to them
Derived Forms
psychometrician (ˌsaɪkəʊməˈtrɪʃən), psychometrist, noun
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Word Origin and History for psychometric
adj.

also psycho-metric, 1854, from psychometry (1854), the alleged power of reading the history of an object by handling it, + -ic. In reference to the measurement of the duration of mental states, from 1879, from psycho- + -metric.

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Encyclopedia Article for psychometric

psychometry

process whereby facts or impressions about a person or thing are received through contact with an object associated with the subject of the impressions. Rings, photographs, and similar tokens are often used, but sometimes the physical presence of a person may bring about images or visions in the psychometrist's mind that correspond to real facts (sometimes still in the future) in the life of the subject. A degree of lowered consciousness (that is, a state sometimes approaching trance) is thought to improve psychometric "readings." Psychometric visions are usually too haphazard to be of much practical value. The parapsychological institute of the Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht, The Netherlands, was one of the first to perform experiments using psychometry in finding lost persons or things and in solving crimes.

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