Cognitive Science Colloquium - Susan Goldin-Meadow

Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Peretsman Scully Hall - Room 101

Abstract: 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.