From gaze perception to social cognition: The shared-attention system

Stephenson, Lisa J., Edwards, S. Gareth and Bayliss, Andrew P. ORCID: (2021) From gaze perception to social cognition: The shared-attention system. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 16 (3). pp. 553-576. ISSN 1745-6916

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When two people look at the same object in the environment and are aware of each other’s attentional state, they find themselves in a shared-attention episode. This can occur through intentional or incidental signaling and, in either case, causes an exchange of information between the two parties about the environment and each other’s mental states. In this article, we give an overview of what is known about the building blocks of shared attention (gaze perception and joint attention) and focus on bringing to bear new findings on the initiation of shared attention that complement knowledge about gaze following and incorporate new insights from research into the sense of agency. We also present a neurocognitive model, incorporating first-, second-, and third-order social cognitive processes (the shared-attention system, or SAS), building on previous models and approaches. The SAS model aims to encompass perceptual, cognitive, and affective processes that contribute to and follow on from the establishment of shared attention. These processes include fundamental components of social cognition such as reward, affective evaluation, agency, empathy, and theory of mind.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Early title: From gaze perception to social cognition: A neurocognitive model of joint and shared attention
Uncontrolled Keywords: gaze leading,joint attention,shared attention,social cognition,psychology(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Social Cognition Research Group
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Cognition, Action and Perception
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 30 May 2020 00:11
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2023 00:36
DOI: 10.1177/1745691620953773


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