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Friday, April 16, 2021 at 12:20pm to 1:30pmVirtual Event
Susan Goldin-Meadow, PhD
Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology,
Comparative Human Development, and the Committee on Education
University of Chicago
Gesture as a Mechanism of Change
The spontaneous gestures that people produce when they talk can index cognitive instability and reflect thoughts not yet found in speech. But gesture can go beyond reflecting thought to play a role in changing thought. I consider whether gesture brings about change because it is itself an action and thus brings action into our mental representations. I provide evidence for this hypothesis but suggest that it's not the whole story. Gesture is a special kind of action –– it is representational and thus more abstract than direct action on objects, which may be what allows gesture to play a role in learning.
Meeting ID: 973 4019 5932, Passcode: 748309