Reflections in a mirror

Damian Cox*

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Abstract

In this paper, I develop a solution to the puzzle of mirror perception: why do mirrors appear to reverse the image of an object along a left/right axis and not around other axes, such as the top/bottom axis? I set out the different forms the puzzle takes and argue that one form of it - arguably the key form - has not been satisfactorily solved. I offer a solution in three parts: setting out the conditions in which an apparent left/right reversal of mirror images is generated; explaining why these conditions are so often met; explaining why we are cognitively biased towards the perception of left/right reversal when these conditions are met.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalDiametros
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014

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