Spurtzheim - 1Johann Gasper Spurzheim (1776-1832) Johann...

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1 Johann Gasper Spurzheim (1776-1832) Johann Spurzheim was born in Trier, Germany and attended the University of Trier at the age of fifteen. In the late 1790's he moved to Vienna, where he met Franz Joseph Gall, the founder of Phrenology. At this time Gall was performing lectures on his new discovery in neuroscience, which later became known as Phrenology. He proposed that the brain was compartmentalized, which was a new idea at this time. He also believed that the brain was like a muscle, where the compartments that were used more often grew larger and the areas which were not, became smaller. He tested his theory on his friends and relatives by touching their heads and pin pointing which of their personality traits correlated with the lumped areas on their skulls. He created a system of determining one’s personality simply by examining their head. Spurzheim attended many of these lectures and in 1804 became Gall’s paid assistant. 1
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