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The Life and Unusual Ideas of Adelbert Ames, Jr.
Leonardo
  • Roy R. Behrens, University of Northern Iowa
Document Type
Article
Keywords
  • Visual perception,
  • Aniseikonia,
  • Colors,
  • Eyes,
  • Retinal images,
  • Trapezoids,
  • Optics,
  • Rooms,
  • Ophthalmology,
  • Philosophical psychology
Disciplines
Abstract
This paper is a summary of the life and major achievements of Adelbert Ames, Jr., an American ophthalmologist and perceptual psychologist, who had initially wanted to be a visual artist. He is most widely remembered today as the inventor of the Ames Demonstrations in Perception, the most famous of which consists of a distorted room in which people seem to shrink as they walk from one corner to another. This essay discusses the relationship of the Ames Demonstrations to anamorphic visual art, and it documents various comments by perceptual psychologists and artists who were directly acquainted with Ames.
Department
Department of Art
Comments

First published in Leonardo, v.20 n. 3 (1987), pp. 273-279, published by the MIT Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/1578173.

Original Publication Date
1-1-1987
DOI of published version
10.2307/1578173
Repository
UNI ScholarWorks, University of Northern Iowa, Rod Library
Date Digital
1987
Copyright
©1987 The MIT Press
Language
en
File Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Roy R. Behrens. "The Life and Unusual Ideas of Adelbert Ames, Jr." Leonardo Vol. 20 Iss. 3 (1987) p. 273 - 279
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/roy-behrens/16/