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Issue 1.2

The Mirror Stage

The moment an infant discovers its reflection marks an important stage in child development. Early twentieth-century psychologist and neuropsychiatrist Henri Wallon studied the difference between the ways humans and other primates interact with a mirror: while chimpanzees quickly lose interest in their reflection, human infants show significantly greater preoccupation with the image and its connection to the body. The image–body dichotomy demonstrates the degree to which humans integrate abstract concepts into reality, or perhaps extend what is considered reality into the virtual space of the mirror reflection…

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