Reflections in a mirror

Cox, Damian (2014) Reflections in a mirror. Diametros, 41 1-12. doi:10.13153/diam.41.2014.649

Author Cox, Damian
Title Reflections in a mirror
Journal name Diametros
ISSN 1733-5566
Publication date 2014-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.13153/diam.41.2014.649
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 41
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Place of publication Krakow, Poland
Publisher Instytut Filozofii, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword Mirror-reversal
Philosophical psychology
Cognitive bias
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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