The Word of the Day comes from THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern.
the supposed ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching inanimate objects associated with them.
another term for psychometrics
Psychometry (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, "spirit, soul" and μέτρον, metron, "measure"), also known as token-object reading, or psychoscopy, is a form of extrasensory perception characterized by the claimed ability to make relevant associations from an object of unknown history by making physical contact with that object. Supporters assert that an object may have an energy field that transfers knowledge regarding that object's history.