Fowler's phrenological head
Lorenzo Niles Fowler’s detailed system of phrenology is shown on this phrenological head. Phrenologists believed that the
shape and size of various areas of the brain (and therefore the overlying skull) determined personality. For instance, the
area under the right eye relates to language and verbal memory; the desire for foods and liquids was thought to be located
in front of the right ear.Fowler’s system, based on his thirty years of research throughout the world, was just one of many.
He was an American phrenologist who led a revival in phrenology after its decline in the 1850s. In 1860, Fowler emigrated
with his family to the United Kingdom and set upon an ambitious lecture tour. In 1887, Fowler set up the British Phrenological
Society, which finally disbanded in 1967.