Monday, 20 July 2009

Babies in front of a mirror

I always thought babies knows their reflection in front of a mirror, as I have a toddler and she loves to look at the mirror and smiles every time she saw her reflection on it. I saw a TV program; I think a month ago, about things that Charles Darwin studied. It says on his book, that babies look at the mirror and reacts to it, but they don’t know that it is their reflection; they think it is another baby and they can only identify themselves once he or she gets to two years old. I just couldn’t believe it until they conduct a test on it. They call it “The lipstick test”; first they put a lipstick mark on the forehead of a 1 year old and put the baby in front of a big mirror. The baby was sitting in front of the mirror smiling and touch the mirror, then crawled to the side of it and then look at the back of the mirror, seems that the baby was thinking it is another baby in front, because at the end of the mirror, the reflection just disappear, so the baby look at the back of the mirror trying to find that one she saw awhile ago. The next test was a 2 yr old, first they secretly put a lipstick mark on the forehead of the 2yr old, then face the toddler in the mirror, the toddler looking at his reflection, he then touch his forehead with the lipstick mark on, so that means he know it is his reflection. I did try the lipstick test with my 18 months old, and she wasn’t aware of the lipstick, she just keeps smiling at the mirror and then looks at the back of the mirror. It seems the test works and it’s true.

6 comments:

lina-happy family said...

Nice post.
Toddler still can't differentiate between real and fantasy. Everything they see is real to them...

秘密崇拜者 said...

nice artikcel here

jodi said...

and now you maybe believed to charles darwin..? i think it's true coz the baby reacted when they saw their reflection in the mirror...

my katiebug said...

interesting!

dhana said...

so cute, i like baby.... hmmm... that's very happy if I have married and have cute babies

Irfan Melodic - We Share a Universal Will Called Peace said...

Well, babies act uniquely when they are faced to mirrors. That's true that they don't think that the shadow on the mirror are their reflection. But, as the time goes by, babies start learning that the one on the mirror is their reflection.


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