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ZANON, Regina Basso; BACKES, Bárbara  and  BOSA, Cleonice Alves. Conceptual differences between response and initiative of joint attention. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2015, vol.17, n.2, pp. 78-90. ISSN 1516-3687.

There is substantial evidence of early impairment in joint attention (JA) ability in children with autism. Difficulty in this ability is one of the boldest sign of the disorder. However, JA is usually understood in a molecular form, disregarding the distinction between its components, in other words, response (RJA) and initiative (IJA) behaviors. In this study, the ontogeny of JA ability and the differences in RJA and IJA were discussed based on the development of understanding of intentional action and its neuropsychological correlates. It was concluded that it is important to differentiate RJA from IJA because there is evidence that the latter may be a bolder predictor of autism rather than the RJA bringing both theoretical and methodological implications, as well as relevant practice.

Keywords : joint attention; initiative; response; autism; intentionality.

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