Joint Attention

New Developments in Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and Social Neuroscience
Edited by Axel Seemann

Academic interest in the phenomenon of joint attention—the capacity to attend to an object together with another creature—has increased rapidly over the past two decades. Yet it isn’t easy to spell out in detail what joint attention is, how it ought to be characterized, and what exactly its significance consists in. The writers for this volume address these and related questions by drawing on a variety of disciplines, including developmental and comparative psychology, philosophy of mind, and social neuroscience. The volume organizes their contributions along three main themes: definitional concerns, such as the question of whether or not joint attention should be understood as an irreducibly basic state of mind; processes and mechanisms obtaining on both the neural and behavioral levels; and the functional significance of joint attention, in particular the role it plays in comprehending spatial perspectives and understanding other minds. The collected papers present new work by leading researchers on one of the key issues in social cognition. They demonstrate that an adequate theory of joint attention is indispensable for a comprehensive account of mind.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Introduction

    Axel Seemann

  3. I. What Is Joint Attention? Comparative, Developmental, and Definitional Issues
  4. 2. Getting Beyond Rich and Lean Views of Joint Attention

    Timothy P. Racine

  5. 3. Joint Attention: Twelve Myths

    David A. Leavens

  6. 4. The Generation of Human Meaning: How Shared Experience Grows in Infancy

    Colwyn Trevarthen

  7. 5. Joint Attention or Joint Engagement? Insights from Autism

    Peter Hobson and Jessica Hobson

  8. 6. A Gaze at Grips with Me

    Vasudevi Reddy

  9. 7. Joint Attention, Communication, and Knowing Together in Infancy

    Malinda Carpenter and Kristin Liebal

  10. 8. Joint Attention: Toward a Relational Account

    Axel Seemann

  11. II. How Does Joint Attention Work? Mechanisms and Processes
  12. 9. Sociality, Attention, and the Mind's Eyes

    Stephen Shepherd and Massimiliano Cappuccio

  13. 10. Some Preliminary Observations on the Neural Correlates of Joint Attention in Chimpanzees

    William D. Hopkins and Jared P. Taglialatela

  14. 11. Social Cognition and the Allure of the Second-Person Perspective: In Defense of Empathy and Simulation

    Karsten R. Stueber

  15. 12. Interactive Coordination in Joint Attention

    Shaun Gallagher

  16. 13. Elementary Mind Minding, Enactivist-Style

    Daniel D. Hutto

  17. 14. The Phenomenology of Joint Action: Self-Agency versus Joint Agency

    Elisabeth Pacherie

  18. III. What Does Joint Attention Explain? Spatial Awareness and Other Minds
  19. 15. Joint Attention as the Fundamental Basis of Understanding Perspectives

    Henrike Moll and Andrew N. Meltzoff

  20. 16. An Object-Dependent Perspective on Joint Attention

    John Campbell

  21. 17. Grasping Affordance: A Window onto Social Cognition

    Marcello Costantini and Corrado Sinigaglia

  22. About the Authors
  23. Index