Gesture Production as Affected by Spatial and Verbal Stimuli Presentation and Preferred Learning Styles
Skirving, Catherine J.
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Theories of gesture purpose and production are reviewed in an attempt to show the connection between gesture production and spatially encoded material. The Gesture as Simulated Action framework (Hostetter & Alibali 2008) is utilized as a means of understanding this connection and thinking about possibilities for future res~arch. Modifications have been made to the framework of an experiment conducted by Hostetter and Hopkins (2002) in an attempt to support their findings that gesture production i~ more frequent when participants are presented with visual information. The difference in rates of gesture amongst participants in both visual and verbal conditions is examined to explore the hypothesis that more gestures will be produced in the visual condition than in the verbal condition. Furthermore, ideas about learning styles and learning preferences are discussed, and the implication of these preferences on the rate of gesture is examined.