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Mice have passed the mirror test, suggesting they might have self-recognition


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Originally developed as a test of consciousness in different species, the mirror test has since become an indicator that a creature recognizes its reflection as itself. Now, researchers have potentially welcomed a new member to the self-recognition club: mice.

Placing a dollop of black or white ink on the foreheads of black-furred mice, a team of researchers then placed individual mice in a box with a mirror and started recording them. Observations revealed that mice with white spots on their heads spent more time grooming their heads whilst in front of the mirror. On the surface, this would suggest that the mice were able to detect the change in their appearance, and thus are capable of self-recognition, joining the likes of humans, chimpanzees, and fish.

https://www.iflscience.com/mice-have-passed-the-mirror-test-suggesting-they-might-have-self-recognition-71848

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