Gesture highlights perceptually present information for speakers

  title={Gesture highlights perceptually present information for speakers},
  author={Martha W. Alibali and Sotaro Kita},
Why do speakers produce gestures? !is study tests the hypothesis that gesture facilitates the conceptual planning of speaking, and in particular, gesture promotes thinking about perceptually present information. !is view implies that, when gesture is prohibited, people should be less likely to speak about such information. We tested this prediction among children (N = 50) who solved and explained Piagetian conservation tasks. For one set of conservation tasks, all children were allowed to… CONTINUE READING
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