Many hands make light work: The facilitative role of gesture in verbal improvisation

@article{Lewis2015ManyHM,
  title={Many hands make light work: The facilitative role of gesture in verbal improvisation},
  author={C. Lewis and P. Lovatt and Elizabeth Kirk},
  journal={Thinking Skills and Creativity},
  year={2015},
  volume={17},
  pages={149-157}
}
Verbal improvisation is cognitively demanding, placing great burden on working memory as the speaker is tasked to generate a novel, spontaneous narrative. It is at this point of cognitive overload when individuals pursuing other creative tasks would typically shift the burden and externalise some of their thinking. How do successful verbal improvisers manage without shifting some of their workload into an external space? We argue in this paper that the improviser makes use of what is, quite… Expand
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