The Mirror Test

There’s a famous developmental milestone called “The Mirror Test,” which is the moment when a child realizes that the person staring back at them from the mirror is themselves. In the animal kingdom, only the Great Apes, dolphins, orcas, elephants and European magpies can pass the mirror test. In humans, it usually happens around 18 months.  (If you’re wondering what an elephant passing the mirror test looks like, it looks awesome.)

For months, Talvi has been peeking around behind the mirror to figure out where the person she sees is hiding. But in the last few days, something has definitely changed. All of a sudden, she knows something weird is going on. I don’t think she knows quite what it is yet, but something isn’t right.


Later, she kept putting her fingers up to the mirror and watching them get closer in real life and get closer in the mirror. I’ll try to get that on video soon, because it’s pretty amazing to watch her mind work.

One comment

  • Tanya Anderson
    March 12, 2014 - 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Kisses for all! I want a kiss! There is something so sweet about the kisses to herself in the mirror. So much fun to watch her discover new things. Thanks for sharing.

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