Reflections in a Mirror

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Damian Cox

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.
Author Biography

Damian Cox, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University

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

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How to Cite
COX, D. Reflections in a Mirror. Diametros, n. 41, p. 1-12, 12 set. 2014.
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