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Advances in Psychological Science    2014, Vol. 22 Issue (9) : 1496-1503     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2014.01496
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Pointing Gestures: Evidence from Animal Communication System
LI Heng
(College of Foreign Languages; Beihang University; Beijing 100191, China)
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Pointing gestures are usually defined as the manual movements pointing to an object or location. Whether Pointing gestures are unique to human communication system is a question of intense psychological research. A comprehensive review of the main theories and related debates suggests that animals may not only have the ability to use pointing gestures, but also can interpret the social cognitive intentionality behind pointing gestures. We conclude that future researches on pointing gestures should integrate psychology, linguistics, biology and other multidisciplinary integration. We also offer suggestions for overcoming the drawbacks of research samples, experiment task and research method.

Keywords pointing gestures      animal communication system      theoretical model     
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Issue Date: 15 September 2014
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LI Heng. Pointing Gestures: Evidence from Animal Communication System[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2014, 22(9): 1496-1503.
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