It is argued that the apparent reversal of left and right in the image of an object that faces a mirror is, strangely enough, due to the cross-lateral inversion inherent in our general schema of frontal encounters. The partial violation of the schema by the mirror image is interpreted by the observer as a transposition brought about by the optics of the mirror. Other approaches to the problem are discussed, and a conjecture about the source of the elusiveness of the solution is offered.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language