Psycograph (phrenometer)

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Not to be confused with the Psycograph spirit communication device.
Woman seated with a Psycograph on her head.

The Psycograph (or psychograph) is an automated phrenological measuring device, developed by Henry C. Lavery (based on his earlier patented Lavery Electric Phrenometer, "perfected after twenty-six years of experiment")[1] and formerly sold through his Minnesota-based Psycograph Co. (or Phrenology Co., 1929-1937). The device operates by automatically taking measurements of several areas of the subject's head and producing a print-out record of the readings taken, specifically functioning as a "phrenometer for measuring the faculties of intelligence of the head, and hence determining the size and character of the brain contained therein," in particular "measur[ing] 32 relative areas of the brain, sort[ing], classif[ying] and indicat[ing] correctly 160 ratings of 32 different faculties, pointing out one's talents, abilities and weak and strong characteristics."[2]



  1. "Psychograph Installed in Theater Lobby", Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California): 19, 20 August 1932,, retrieved 2018-01-12 
  2. "MASTERMINDING THE SKULL", Hammond Times (Hammond, Indiana): 74, 11 December 1936,, retrieved 2018-01-12