Reflections in a Mirror

Damian Cox

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Damian Cox, PhD
Associate Professor
Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University
Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 4229
dcox@bond.edu.au

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.

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DOI:

http://dx.doi.org/10.13153/diam.41.2014.649

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Default URL: http://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl/index.php/diametros/article/view/649
English abstract URL: http://www.diametros.iphils.uj.edu.pl/index.php/diametros/article/view/649/en

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