Why do we blame the mirror for reversing left and right?

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-283
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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