muscle-reading love


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.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • 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.

    Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene


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