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Ames and Anamorphosis: THE MAN WHO MADE DISTORTED ROOMS

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Ames and Anamorphosis: THE MAN WHO MADE DISTORTED ROOMS

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Ames was primarily known for having devised about twenty-five laboratory set-ups, collectively referred to as the Ames Demonstrations in Perception.

This first part focuses on his life, the demonstrations, and the circumstances that prompted him to construct them. Perhaps the most familiar of these are the Ames Distorted Room, the Rotating Trapezoid Window, and the Chair Demonstration.

Featured prominently in this segment is his connection with British-American social scientist Gregory Bateson, whom he met in 1947. The remaining two segments (in process of being completed) deal with components that influenced Ames, and with his influence on the subsequent research of others.

This series is a consequence of long-term research by Roy R. Behrens, UNI emeritus professor, who replicated several of the Ames Demonstrations at UNI in the early 1970s, and began to write about Ames’ life. In 1994, he was invited to lecture on the subject at Dartmouth College, where Ames’ work had been conducted. Written, produced and narrated by Roy R. Behrens (©2022).

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06

Publication Date

9-15-2022

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en

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Ames and Anamorphosis: THE MAN WHO MADE DISTORTED ROOMS

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