Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology (Consciousness & Self-Consciousness Series)

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Some time around their first birthday, children begin to engage in "triadic" interactions, i.e. interactions with adults that turn specifically on both child and adult jointly attending to an object in their surroundings. Recognized as a developmental milestone amongst psychologists for some time, joint attention has recently also started to attract the attention of philosophers. This volume brings together, for the first time, psychological and philosophical perspectives on the nature and significance of joint attention. Original contributions by leading researchers in both disciplines explore the idea that joint attention has a key foundational role to play in the emergence of communicative abilities, psychological understanding, and, possibly, in the very capacity for objective thought.

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Dare Baldwin, Josep Call, John Campbell, Naomi Eilan, Fabio Franco, Juan-Carlos Gomez, Jane Heal, R. Peter Hobson, Christoph Hoerl, Sue Leekam, Teresa McCormack, Christopher Peacocke, Vasudevi Reddy, Johannes Roessler, Mark A. Sabbagh, Michael Tomasello, Amanda L. Woodward.

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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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"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


"[A] must-read for anybody seriously interested in the topics surrounding theory of mind.... the book offers theoretical insights and empirical research on joint attention, one of the central precursor to a full-blown theory of mind.... this is an important volume from which we can learn a great deal about early origins of the human theory of mind."--Bertram F. Malle, Philosophical Psychology


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