The Effects of Gesture on Dual-Task Memory
Brawn, Aiden C.
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This study is attempting to assess the effect of gesture, or the repression of gesture, on the capacity for memory of an unrelated task while retelling either written or video stories. Specifically, this study is testing an individual's ability to remember the location of digits in a series of 4 x 4 grids. They are instructed to do so while retelling sentence long descriptions. 6 s video clips accompany these descriptions 50% of the time. Twenty Kalamazoo College General Psychology students were included in this study. 12 of these students were women, and 8 were men, with an average age of 19.68 years (SD = .84). This study is based on evidence suggesting that gesture increases the capacity for memory as well as evidence indicating that repression of gesture increases the difficulty of speech for most individuals. The results of this study will give individuals valuable information for use in their day-to- day lives, potentially assisting them in. their ability to retain information while engaging in other tasks such as conversation or lecture.