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Co-thought gestures in children's mental problem solving: Prevalence and effects on subsequent performance.

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Co‐thought gestures are understudied as compared to co‐speech gestures yet, may provide

    insight into cognitive functions of gestures that are independent of speech processes. A recent

    study with adults showed that co‐thought gesticulation occurred spontaneously during mental

    preparation of problem solving. Moreover, co‐thought gesturing (either spontaneous or

    instructed) during mental preparation was effective for subsequent solving of the Tower of Hanoi

    under conditions of high cognitive load (i.e., when visual working memory capacity was limited

    and when the task was more difficult). In this preregistered study (https://osf.io/dreks/), we

    investigated whether co‐thought gestures would also spontaneously occur and would aid problem‐solving

    processes in children (N = 74; 8–12 years old) under high load conditions. Although

    children also spontaneously used co‐thought gestures during mental problem solving, this did

    not aid their subsequent performance when physically solving the problem. If these null results

    are on track, co‐thought gesture effects may be different in adults and children.

Authors


  •   Pouw, Wim T. J. L. (external author)
  •   Van Gog, Tamara (external author)
  •   Zwaan, Rolf A. (external author)
  •   Agostinho, Shirley
  •   Paas, Fred

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Pouw, W., Van Gog, T., Zwaan, R. A., Agostinho, S. & Paas, F. (2018). Co-thought gestures in children's mental problem solving: Prevalence and effects on subsequent performance.. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32 (1), 66-80.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85041850206

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3354

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 66

End Page


  • 80

Volume


  • 32

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Co‐thought gestures are understudied as compared to co‐speech gestures yet, may provide

    insight into cognitive functions of gestures that are independent of speech processes. A recent

    study with adults showed that co‐thought gesticulation occurred spontaneously during mental

    preparation of problem solving. Moreover, co‐thought gesturing (either spontaneous or

    instructed) during mental preparation was effective for subsequent solving of the Tower of Hanoi

    under conditions of high cognitive load (i.e., when visual working memory capacity was limited

    and when the task was more difficult). In this preregistered study (https://osf.io/dreks/), we

    investigated whether co‐thought gestures would also spontaneously occur and would aid problem‐solving

    processes in children (N = 74; 8–12 years old) under high load conditions. Although

    children also spontaneously used co‐thought gestures during mental problem solving, this did

    not aid their subsequent performance when physically solving the problem. If these null results

    are on track, co‐thought gesture effects may be different in adults and children.

Authors


  •   Pouw, Wim T. J. L. (external author)
  •   Van Gog, Tamara (external author)
  •   Zwaan, Rolf A. (external author)
  •   Agostinho, Shirley
  •   Paas, Fred

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Pouw, W., Van Gog, T., Zwaan, R. A., Agostinho, S. & Paas, F. (2018). Co-thought gestures in children's mental problem solving: Prevalence and effects on subsequent performance.. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32 (1), 66-80.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85041850206

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3354

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 66

End Page


  • 80

Volume


  • 32

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom