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Agency and Joint Attention

Janet Metcalfe and Herbert S. Terrace


The puzzle that motivates Agency and Joint Attention is how people are able at one and the same time to maintain their own sense of autonomy, taking responsibility for their own actions and distinguishing them from the actions of others, while still being able to understand, appreciate, and coordinate their thoughts and actions with other people. This volume emphasizes the special role of human self-reflective consciousness in this complex but central coordination.

Keywords: agency, attention, joint attention, social, metacognition, control, self, joint action, phenomenology, mirror neurons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199988341
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Metcalfe, editor
Columbia University

Herbert S. Terrace, editor
Columbia University

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Front Matter


Herbert S. Terrace

1 Becoming Human

Herbert S. Terrace

3 The Comparative Delusion

Derek C. Penn, and Daniel J. Povinelli

4 Behavior-Reading versus Mentalizing in Animals

Logan Fletcher, and Peter Carruthers

5 On Knowing and Being Known in the 4-Month Origins of Disorganized Attachment

Beatrice Beebe, Sara Markese, Lorraine Bahrick, Frank Lachmann, Karen Buck, Henian Chen, Patricia Cohen, Howard Andrews, and Joseph Jaffe

6 Gaze Following and Agency in Human Infancy

Andrew N. Meltzoff, and Rechele Brooks

10 Cognition in Action

Vittorio Gallese, and Corrado Sinigaglia

12 Linking Joint Attention and Joint Action

Anne Böckler, and Natalie Sebanz

15 Cues to Agency

Robrecht van der Wel, and Günther Knoblich

16 The Meaning of Actions

Wolfgang Prinz, Christiane Diefenbach, and Anne Springer

17 The Three Pillars of Volition

Ezequiel Morsella, Tanaz Molapour, and Margaret T. Lynn

19 Sense of Agency

Elisabeth Pacherie

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