from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The detection and interpretation of slight involuntary contractions of the muscles by a person whose hand is placed upon the subject of experimentation.
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Exhibitions of so-called mind-reading are generally explainable either by clever collusion, or by muscle-reading when there is contact between the agent and the percipient, or by the interpretation of sensory indications consciously or unconsciously given.
Their tension is modified with the faintest change of soul, such as is seen in accent, inflection, facial expressions, handwriting, and many forms of so-called mind-reading, which, in fact, is always muscle-reading.