From Kook Science

Psychometry (from Greek: ψυχή, psychē ["mind, spirit, soul, life"] + μέτρον, metron ["measure"]; literally, "soul-measuring") is an extrasensory method for perceiving and taking measure of the residual impressions of environments and conditions physical objects have existed within, as well as contacts of such physical objects with other beings, that are supposed to exist as a form of permanent memory that the said object retains through spacetime, albeit memory of non-obvious locale and origin, typically supposed to be astral or of some other nature. The term was coined by Joseph Rodes Buchanan in 1842.