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ERIC Number: EJ784245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0169-0965
I See It in My Hands' Eye: Representational Gestures Reflect Conceptual Demands
Hostetter, Autumn B.; Alibali, Martha W.; Kita, Sotaro
Language and Cognitive Processes, v22 n3 p313-336 Apr 2007
The Information Packaging Hypothesis (Kita, 2000) holds that gestures play a role in conceptualising information for speaking. According to this view, speakers will gesture more when describing difficult-to-conceptualise information than when describing easy-to-conceptualise information. In the present study, 24 participants described ambiguous dot patterns under two conditions. In the dots-plus-shapes condition, geometric shapes connected the dots, and participants described the patterns in terms of those shapes. In the dots-only condition, no shapes were present, and participants generated their own geometric conceptualisations and described the patterns. Participants gestured at a higher rate in the dots-only condition than in the dots-plus-shapes condition. The results support the Information Packaging Hypothesis and suggest that gestures occur when information is difficult to conceptualise. (Contains 3 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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