With regard to my "Size Does Matter!" blog, a reader offers proof that being in a room with a taller ceiling does make it easier to think of interesting ideas.
In a blog from a few days ago titled Looking at Things Upside Down, I mentioned an experiment that was first performed in 1896 by George Malcolm Stratton (1865-1957). For reasons we can only guess at, George created some special glasses that made everything appear to be "upside down". Amazingly, after a few days of disorientation, his brain began to automatically correct for the weird signals coming in and caused objects to appear to be the "right way up" again.
Then, just yesterday as I pen these words, in my blog titled Size Does Matter, I mentioned a recent study performed at the University of Minnesota in which test subjects in a room with a 10-foot ceiling exhibited "freer, more abstract thinking" as compared to subjects in a room with a lower ceiling who were "more likely to focus on specifics".
All of this prompted a reader called Mike in Canada to email me saying:
Wouldn't it be an interesting experiment to develop a pair of glasses that flipped the image on one eye only; wear these for a few days, and then swap the lenses?
Wow, this came to me while I was in my 1904 Edwardian-inspired house with 12 foot high ceilings.
Wow indeed! That's certainly proof enough for me (I've given the folks at the University of Minnesota your address Mike, and they say that they have a team on their way to pick you up as we speak).
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