In this project, we propose that joint attention is a fundamentally multisensory phenomenon. Using both philosophical and experimental methods, we study how different senses shape joint attention and, conversely, how joint attention can affect perception across modalities.
Keywords: Joint attention, Social cognition, Multisensory perception
We frequently and effortlessly coordinate our attention with others towards a common focus, from playing basketball and singing duets, to child and caregiver sharing a toy. Joint attention plays a fundamental role in our social lives: it ensures that we refer to the same object, develop a shared language, understand each other and coordinate our actions. Research on joint attention has been mostly focused on eye-gaze coordination. But is vision sufficient? Which role do the other senses play in joint attention?
At this stage we are:
Proposing a framework of multisensory contributions to establishing and maintaining joint attention
Testing how joint attention affects multisensory processing
Analyzing whether mutual awareness is necessary for joint attention
Our latest research updates:
Battich, L., Fairhurst, M., & Deroy, O. (2020). Coordinating attention requires coordinated senses. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-020-01766-z There is more to joint attention than meets the eye! Playing tennis, singing together, ordering a cake: we effortlessly coordinate each other’s attention towards a common focus in rich multisensory ways. Here...
Interested? Find out more:
Battich, L., Fairhurst, M., & Deroy, O. (2020). Coordinating attention requires coordinated senses. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-020-01766-z
Battich, L. and Geurts, B. (2020). Joint attention and perceptual experience. Synthese. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-020-02602-6
Other academic resources:
Poster presented at the Aegina Summer School on Social Cognition 2019, Aegina, Greece.
Poster presented at the Summer School “Recent Developments in Situated Cognition” 2019, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.
Talk presented at the Open Minds XIII Conference, 2018, The University of Manchester, UK.
A discussion of the role of joint attention at the Institute of Art and Ideas News.