Jacqueline Woo Humanities and Social Science
Exploring Joint Attention in Infants in Relation to Locomotion and Language
My research aims to examine the development of joint attention in infants. Joint visual attention (JVA) refers to the ability to share attention to a common object with another partner and is vital to an infants capacity to learn, as it facilitates various kinds of communication. JVA has been connected to both language and social-emotional development.
My study explores two major issues in the development of joint visual attention. First, it investigates what brings about infants increased ability of responding to and initiating joint attention beginning the second year of life. Second, it looks at whether such changes are correlated to early language development.