- a psychological theory or analytical method based on the belief that certain mental faculties and character traits are indicated by the configurations of the skull.
Origin of phrenology
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But beyond this, Phrenology has not gone, and probably will never go.
Phrenology confirms this; for her amative developments are singularly prominent.City Crimes
Your eldest has the brow of an observer, if there be the least truth in phrenology.More Letters of Charles Darwin
I only said that is the way I should practise "Phrenology" for a living.The Professor at the Breakfast Table
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The exponents of Phrenology are themselves to blame for this.How to Become Rich</p>
- (formerly) the branch of science concerned with localization of function in the human brain, esp determination of the strength of the faculties by the shape and size of the skull overlying the parts of the brain thought to be responsible for them
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Word Origin and History for phrenology
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- The study of the shape and protuberances of the skull, based on the now discredited belief that they reveal character and mental capacity.
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