Awhile back I wrote a post about the classic “mirror test” in psychological research. This test is meant to help researchers understand when a young child begins to have a sense of self. Many people in both the realms of child development and parenting have wondered when babies understand self-awareness.
The way the test typical goes is that a researcher places a red dot on the child’s nose and then places then in front of a mirror. Very young children (under about 18 months) usually think the baby in mirror is another child so they attempt to touch the mirror. As children develop, they eventually begin to understand that the child in the mirror is themselves and they will touch their own nose to try to feel the red dot. Or so that’s what Western researchers thought.