joint attention

There are three components of joint attention, including a child, another person such as a parent, and some interesting object or event occurring around them. The child and the parent engage in joint attention behaviors (e.g., points, eye gaze alternation, vocalizations, comments, showing/bringing/giving, etc.) in order to share attention on the interesting item/event. The function is typically about socially sharing interest in the object/event with each other; language and social learning often takes place during joint attention.