Modelling the coevolution of joint attention and language

@article{Gong2012ModellingTC,
  title={Modelling the coevolution of joint attention and language},
  author={T. Gong and L. Shuai},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279},
  pages={4643 - 4651}
}
  • T. Gong, L. Shuai
  • Published 2012
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Joint attention (JA) is important to many social, communicative activities, including language, and humans exhibit a considerably high level of JA compared with non-human primates. We propose a coevolutionary hypothesis to explain this degree-difference in JA: once JA started to aid linguistic comprehension, along with language evolution, communicative success (CS) during cultural transmission could enhance the levels of JA among language users. We illustrate this hypothesis via a multi-agent… Expand
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