Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology by Naomi Eilan

Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology

EditorNaomi Eilan, Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack

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An international team of psychologists and philosophers present the latest research into the fascinating cognitive phenomenon of 'joint attention'. Some time around their first birthday most infants begin to engage in a behaviour that is designed to bring it about - say, by means of pointingor gaze-following - that their own and another person's attention are focused on the same object. Described as manifestations of an emerging capacity for joint attention, such triangulations between infant, adult and the world are often treated as a developmental landmark and have become the subjectof intensive research among developmentalists and primatologists over the past decade. More recently, work on joint attention has also begun to attract the attention of philosophers. Fuelling researchers' interest in all these disciplines is the intuition that joint attention plays a foundationalrole in the emergence of communicative abilities, in children's developing understanding of the mind and, possibly, in the very capacity for objective thought.This book brings together, for the first time, philosophical and psychological perspectives on the nature and significance of the phenomenon, addressing issues such as: How should we explain the kind of mutual openness that joint attention seems to involve, i.e. the sense in which both child andadult are aware that they are attending to the same thing? What sort of grip on one's own and other people's mental states does such awareness involve, and how does it relate to later-emerging 'theory of mind' abilities? In what sense, if any, is the capacity to engage in joint attention with othersunique to humans? How should we explain autistic children's seeming incapacity to engage in joint attention? What role, if any, does affect play in the achievement of joint attention? And what, if any, is the connection between participation in joint attention and grasp of the idea of an objectiveworld? The book also contains an introductory chapter aimed at providing a framework for integrating different philosophical and psychological approaches to these questions.

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Naomi Eilan, Christoph Hoerl, and Johannes Roessler are all in the Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick. Teresa McCormack is in the Department of Psychology, Queen's University, Belfast.
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Title:Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and PsychologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:November 9, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Naomi Eilan: Joint attention, communication, and mind2. Jane Heal: Joint attention and understanding the mind3. Josep Call and Michael Tomasello: What chimpanzees know about seeing revisited: an explanation of the third kind4. Joan-Carlos Gomez: Joint attention and the notion of subject: insights from apes, normal children, and children with autism5. Vasudevi Reddy: Before the 'Third Element': understanding attention to self6. Amanda L. Woodward: Infants' understanding of the actions involved in joint attention7. Fabia Franco: Infant pointing: Harlequin, servant of two masters8. Mark A. Sabbagh and Dare Baldwin: Understanding the role of communicative intentions in word learning9. R. Peter Hobson: What puts the jointness into joint attention?10. Sue Leekam: Why do children with autism have a joint attention impairment?11. Johannes Roessler: Joint attention and the problem of other minds12. Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack: Joint reminiscing as joint attention to the past13. John Campbell: Joint attention and common knowledge14. Christopher Peacocke: Joint attention: its nature, reflexivity, and relation to common knowledge?

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"Interdisciplinary work is rarely so well accomplished as theirs. Eilan and the eidtors with whom she has collaborated on this volume have achieved a work that advances our understanding of joint attention and of the several important phenomena in which it has a role." --Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews