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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kaplowitz, Cheryl
URN etd-07152010-020107
Title Mirror-image responses and the development of self-recognition during the first two years of life.
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Schulman, A. H. Committee Chair
Fritzen, James D. Committee Member
Pavlik, William B. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Infant psychology
Date of Defense 1974-08-05
Availability restricted
Abstract
Video tape records were made of seventy-seven infants, ranging in

age from one to 24 months, as each was exposed for three minutes to four

different levels of mirror distortion. A mirror behavior checklist

(Amsterdam 1968, 1972) was used to identify 34 possible behaviors. The

range and complexity of mirror related activities increases significantly

during the first two years of life, culminating in self-recognition by

52% of the subjects aged 19 to 24 months. All subjects responded

equivalently to both the plain and distorted mirror images, suggesting

that it is the general configuration of the face that holds intrinsic

interest at these age levels. The prevailing view that the infant's

perception is qualitatively similar to that of the adult was supported

by this study.

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