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The relationship between spatial transformations and iconic gestures

Trafton, G and Trickett, SB and Stitzlein, CA and Saner, L and Schunn, CD and Kirschenbaum, SS (2006) The relationship between spatial transformations and iconic gestures. Spatial Cognition and Computation, 6 (1). 1 - 29. ISSN 1387-5868

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Abstract

Current theories of gesture production all suggest that spatial working memory is a critical component of iconic gesture production. However, none of the models has a selection mechanism for what aspect of spatial working memory is gestured. We explored how expert and journeyman scientists gestured while discussing their work. Participants were most likely to make iconic gestures about change over time (spatial transformations), less likely to gesture about spatial relations and locations (geometric relations), and far less likely to gesture about the magnitude of spatial entities. We also found that experts were especially likely to have a high degree of association between iconic gestures and spatial transformations. These results show that different features of spatial language are gestured about at different rates. We suggest that current gesture production models need to be expanded to include selection mechanisms to account for these differences. © 2006, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Trafton, G
Trickett, SB
Stitzlein, CA
Saner, L
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Kirschenbaum, SS
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 December 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Spatial Cognition and Computation
Volume: 6
Number: 1
Page Range: 1 - 29
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1207/s15427633scc0601_1
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1387-5868
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 17:36
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22738

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