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joint attention

attention overtly focused by two or more people on the same object, person, or action at the same time, with each being aware of the other’s interest. Joint attention is an important developmental tool. Infants of around 9 months old can follow their parents’ gaze and begin to imitate what their parents do. By thus focusing attention on an object as well as on the adult’s reaction to it, children can learn about the world. This technique is also used in primate studies (see enculturation). Also called shared attention.

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June 18th 2024

unipolar mania

unipolar mania

a disorder in which only excitement, overactivity, and similar euphoric symptoms are seen. This is a rare condition, as such manic episodes tend eventually to be followed by one or more major depressive episodes.