Puns are usually thought of in connection with auditory stimuli in the form of words with a double meaning. It is possible to transfer this phenomenon of double meaning to the visual field. The process may be studied in various transitional forms (1) in the illusion of reversible perspective; (2) in the addition of objects not definitely outlined, and (3) in the alternation of figure and background. These studies are of interest in the light of recent discussions of the psychology of meaning and because of investigations emanating from Gestalttheorie, or the psychology of form. Various figures were devised and tested out with a view to making a comparative study of their effectiveness in eliciting this double meaning, and of the order in which these meanings came without verbal suggestion from the experimenter. (Illustrated with stereopticon slides.)
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Ruckmick, Christian A.
"Some Visual Puns,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 34(1), 304-304.
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