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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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The Mirror Test

This test is used to determine whether an animal recognizes itself in a mirror—an indicator of self-awareness. It was developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup, Jr., who was inspired by Darwin's account of an encounter with a captive orangutan that saw itself in a mirror and seemed to show recognition. Gallup refined the test by placing marks on his subjects and then observing their responses to the marks upon seeing their reflections. Which animals typically pass the test, and which fail? More...
Absurdicuss
Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:52:53 AM
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I looked in the mirror this morning and saw a suspicious looking baboon staring back at me. Not sure how this correlates with my self recognition index.

If it is accurate I'm not surprised .

excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 2:07:52 AM

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Looked in the mirror, nothing there.

I may be a vampire.

Probably best to avoid Italian food and rivers.

Starting to sound like a diary.

Of a vampire.

Is that one already...

Dammit !
IMcRout
Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 7:25:22 AM
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What I saw in the mirror today. No marks.



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Absurdicuss
Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 11:38:10 AM
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Hey Exy I think I might have found your theme song here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3-yQ-Jwq3I&feature=player_detailpage
excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 11:47:26 PM

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Thanks, Abs. I like it. Must also share with my granddaughter : something Gothic she won't have heard of !
MTC
Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 3:54:24 AM
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THE MIRROR SONG

Lookin' in the mirror
And what do I see?
A baby baboon
Lookin' back at me.

Never, never, never,
Gonna look look agin!

Never, never, never,
Gonna look agin!

Looked in the mirror
And what did I see?
A baboon's daddy
Lookin' back at me!

Never, never, never
Gonna look agin!

Never, never, never
Gonna look agin!

Etc...




blue2
Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 5:54:36 AM

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One of my cats likes to sit up on the silverware case, which is on the buffet, facing the huge mirror hanging there. This gives him a panoramic view of the hall, kitchen and living room. I may just walk in to find him there or he may watch me (I think) while I'm doing stuff. He always faces the mirror. But if I call him, he turns around.
So I'm not sure whether he recognises me (or himself) in the mirror, or if it's just the sound of my voice that naturally makes him turn around.
Hope2
Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:22:35 AM

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Hi Blue,

I can't remember what the data was for cats in the information we got during a Psych course I just audited. But the mirror test may not work for other sense oriented animals. For example - the dog is smell oriented. Here is a neat experiment from a persistent experimenter! I shall keep my eye open for info re cats.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201107/does-my-dog-recognize-himself-in-mirror



Absurdicuss
Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 4:58:49 PM
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Your welcome Exy. Would have responded sooner but forgot about this thread.
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