Seminar: Professor Sotaro Kita 'Gesture: its relationship to thinking and speaking'

Gesture: its relationship to thinking and speaking

Professor Sotaro Kita, University of Warwick

12.30-2pm, Thursday 9th May, Charteris Land rm 2.03, Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road, EH88AQ

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Abstract

This presentation concerns a theory on how gestures (accompanying speaking and silent thinking) are generated and how gestures facilitate the gesturer's own cognitive processes. I will present evidence that gestures are generated from a general-purpose Action Generator, which also generates “practical” actions such as grasping a cup to drink, and that the Action Generator generates gestural representation in close coordination with the speech production process (Kita & Ozyurek, 2003, Journal of Memory and Language). I will also present evidence that gestures facilitate thinking and speaking through four functions: gesture activates, manipulates, packages and explores spatio-motoric representations (Kita, Chu, & Alibali, 2017, Psychological Review). Further, I will argue that schematic nature of gestural representation plays a crucial role in these four functions. To summarise, gesture, generated at the interface of action and language, shapes the way we think and we speak.

Biography

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/psych/people/skita/

 

 

Date of Event 
09 May 2019
Location 
Charteris Land, rm 2.03
Research Area 
Children & Technology
Event type 
Seminar