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It is alleged that apes and ants can pass the mirror test for self-recognition, but not so for cats. It is also alleged that some animals consider their reflections to be a potential enemy.
The idea is to turn the 'mirror' into a screen, onto which is projected live video of the cat, but with the
motionless image of a mouse added just behind the cat. If the cat turns to look for a mouse crouching behind itself, instead of attacking the screen, I believe we can call that self-recognition.
Granted, the usual test assumes that some spot has been placed on the animal, but projecting the mouse onto the cat's body seems unneccessary.
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||// projecting the mouse onto the cat's body seems unneccessary. //
||Not if it tricks the cat into attacking itself ...
||Using a screen creates a loss of parallax & stereoscopic
vision of the "being in the mirror". Put the screen behind the
cat, so the mouse can still be turned on & off as needed,
but the cat will still look "real" in the mirror.
||Add a virtual laser pointer red dot for extra feline psychosis ...