An experimental investigation of the role of iconic gestures in lexical access using the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon.

@article{Beattie1999AnEI,
  title={An experimental investigation of the role of iconic gestures in lexical access using the tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon.},
  author={Geoffrey Beattie and Jane Coughlan},
  journal={British journal of psychology},
  year={1999},
  volume={90 ( Pt 1)},
  pages={35-56}
}
The tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) state was induced in participants to test Butterworth & Hadar's (1989) theory that iconic gestures have a functional role in lexical access. Participants were given rare word definitions from which they had to retrieve the appropriate lexical item, all of which had been rated high in imageability. Half were free to gesture and the other half were instructed to fold their arms. Butterworth & Hadar's theory (1989) would predict, first, that the TOT state should be… CONTINUE READING

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