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Gesture Paves the Way for Language Development
In development, children often use gesture to communicate before they use words. The question is whether these gestures merely precede language development or are fundamentally tied to it. WeExpand
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The role of gesture in communication and thinking
People move their hands as they talk - they gesture. Gesturing is a robust phenomenon, found across cultures, ages, and tasks. Gesture is even found in individuals blind from birth. But what purpose,Expand
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Explaining Math: Gesturing Lightens the Load
Why is it that people cannot keep their hands still when they talk? One reason may be that gesturing actually lightens cognitive load while a person is thinking of what to say. We asked adults andExpand
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The mismatch between gesture and speech as an index of transitional knowledge
Abstract This study investigates two implications of frequent mismatches between gesture and speech in a child's explanations of a concept: (1) Do gesture/speech mismatches reflect a basicExpand
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Parent praise to 1- to 3-year-olds predicts children's motivational frameworks 5 years later.
In laboratory studies, praising children's effort encourages them to adopt incremental motivational frameworks--they believe ability is malleable, attribute success to hard work, enjoy challenges,Expand
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Beyond words: the importance of gesture to researchers and learners.
Gesture has privileged access to information that children know but do not say. As such, it can serve as an additional window to the mind of the developing child, one that researchers are onlyExpand
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Gesture is at the cutting edge of early language development
Children who produce one word at a time often use gesture to supplement their speech, turning a single word into an utterance that conveys a sentence-like meaning ('eat'+point at cookie).Expand
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