Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Visual perception, Aniseikonia, Colors, Eyes, Retinal images, Trapezoids, Optics, Rooms, Ophthalmology, Philosophical psychology

Journal/Book/Conference Title Title

Leonardo

Volume

20

Issue

3

First Page

273

Last Page

279

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

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

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