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Tales from the Prep Room: the Ames Room

Produced by the Royal Institution, this short video clip shows how perception can be confused in an Ames room.

The video shows the production of the room, which has a checked floor, windows and ceiling that appear to be normal but is in fact distorted. The overall effect is that moving to different parts of the room give a distorted perspective of size.

The video can be used to illustrate how optical illusions can confuse the brain and give odd effects.

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