chapter  9
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Self-Recognition in Infants: Some Reflections Beyond the Mirror: André Vyt

Visual self-recognition in infancy is an insular field of study in which a variety of developmental researchers and theorists have become interested. Infants' reactions toward their self-image have been incorporated in the form of items in different developmental scales and have been the subject of baby biographies and studies of eminent pioneers in developmental psychology, including Preyer (1888), Baldwin (1897), Darwin (1877), and-especially among the FrenchPiaget (1936/ 1952), Wallon (196311981), and Zazzo (1948). Over time, it has become a standard paradigm for assessing development of self-knowledge and self-awareness in the preverbal period, as a basic component of social cognition.