Kaplan, F. and Hafner, V. The challenges of joint attention. Interaction Studies, 7(2), 2006.

Sony CSL authors: Verena Hafner, Frédéric Kaplan


This paper discusses the concept of joint attention and the different skills underlying its development. We argue that joint attention is much more than simultaneous looking because it implies a shared intentional relation to the world. This requires skills for attention detection, attention manipulation, social coordination and intentional understanding. The current state-of-the-art in robotic and computational models of the different prerequisites of joint attention is discussed in relation with a developmental timeline drawn from results in child studies. From this survey, we identify open issues and challenges that still need to be addressed to understand the development of all aspects of joint attention.

Keywords: joint attention, joint intention, goal-direction actions

BibTeX entry

@ARTICLE { kaplan:06a, AUTHOR="Kaplan, F. and Hafner, V.", JOURNAL="Interaction Studies", NUMBER="2", TITLE="The challenges of joint attention", VOLUME="7", YEAR="2006", }