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ERIC Number: EJ934125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Pointing Gestures as a Cognitive Tool in Young Children: Experimental Evidence
Delgado, Begona; Gomez, Juan Carlos; Sarria, Encarnacion
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v110 n3 p299-312 Nov 2011
This article explores the possible cognitive function associated with pointing gestures from a Vygotskian perspective. In Study 1, 39 children who were 2-4 years of age were observed in a solitary condition while solving a mnemonic task with or without an explicit memory demand. A discriminant analysis showed that children used noncommunicative pointing gestures only in the task with an explicit memory demand. In Study 2, 39 children who were 4-6 years of age completed an attentional task with and without the possibility of pointing. An analysis of variance showed that only those children who spontaneously pointed to solve the first task performed significantly worse in a second condition where pointing was impossible. These results suggest that besides its social interactive functions, pointing may also subserve private cognitive functions for children. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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