Attention, joint attention, and social cognition

Peter Clive Mundy, Lisa Newell

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Abstract

Before social cognition there is joint processing of information about the attention of self and others. This joint attention requires the integrated activation of a distributed cortical network involving the anterior and posterior attention systems. In infancy, practice with the integrated activation of this distributed attention network is a major contributor to the development of social cognition. Thus, the functional neuroanatomies of social cognition and the anterior-posterior attention systems have much in common. These propositions have implications for understanding joint attention, social cognition, and autism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-274
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Autism
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Interconnectivity
  • Joint attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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