Gesturing during mental problem solving reduces eye movements, especially for individuals with lower visual working memory capacity

@article{Pouw2016GesturingDM,
  title={Gesturing during mental problem solving reduces eye movements, especially for individuals with lower visual working memory capacity},
  author={Wim T. J. L. Pouw and Myrto-Foteini Mavilidi and Tamara van Gog and Fred Paas},
  journal={Cognitive Processing},
  year={2016},
  volume={17},
  pages={269-277}
}
Non-communicative hand gestures have been found to benefit problem-solving performance. These gestures seem to compensate for limited internal cognitive capacities, such as visual working memory capacity. Yet, it is not clear how gestures might perform this cognitive function. One hypothesis is that gesturing is a means to spatially index mental simulations, thereby reducing the need for visually projecting the mental simulation onto the visual presentation of the task. If that hypothesis is… CONTINUE READING
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