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Natalia ZielinskiFollow

Major

Psychology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

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Abstract

Gestures are meaningful hand movements that are often produced with speech. Gestures can help individuals comprehend a spoken message, but this is influenced by factors like the age of the listener and topic of conversation (Hostetter, 2011). We ask whether a listener’s language background and proficiency also affect whether gesture helps the listener comprehend a spoken message, and whether this is due to visual attention to gesture.

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Elizabeth Wakefield, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department

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Effects of Language Background on Children’s Processing of Gesture in Narrative

Gestures are meaningful hand movements that are often produced with speech. Gestures can help individuals comprehend a spoken message, but this is influenced by factors like the age of the listener and topic of conversation (Hostetter, 2011). We ask whether a listener’s language background and proficiency also affect whether gesture helps the listener comprehend a spoken message, and whether this is due to visual attention to gesture.