Joint attention, learning and social-cognitive development

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Joint Attention is a pivotal dimension of human cognition that begins to develop in the first six months. It supports the ability to perceptually or mentally share a common point of reference or perspective with other people. Research over the past thirty years has revealed how and why joint attention is fundamental to human learning, information processing and the development of social-cognitive mentalizing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Attention
  • Autism
  • Gaze following
  • Infant development
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Language development
  • Learning
  • Mentalizing
  • Self-referenced processing
  • Shared information processing
  • Social development
  • Social-cognition
  • Social-cognitive neuroscience
  • Spatial cognition
  • Statistical learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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