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Advances in Psychological Science    2020, Vol. 28 Issue (3) : 426-433     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.00426
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A new perspective on the cognitive function of gestures: The “spatializing” gesture hypothesis
Wenhua YU1,Zhongyi LU2()
1 College of Preschool Education, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024, China
2 Department of Psychology, College of Education, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024, China
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Abstract  

Human beings often make gestures when talking or thinking. Gestures are generated automatically during cognitive processing or communication, and as representations, they in turn affect human cognitive processing. Although researchers have different emphasis on the concept of gestures, it is generally believed that gestures are different from direct actions and have internal and external cognitive functions. Seminal theoretical models include Lexical Index Model, Information Packing Hypothesis, Image Maintenance Theory, Semantic Specificity Hypothesis and Embodied/Extended Perspective. According to the main independent variables, the research paradigms fall into three categories, namely, allow-and-limit gestures, the change of gesture patterns, and changes of situation. In addition to in-depth study of the neural mechanism of cognitive functions of gestures and their intervention research, this paper proposes a theoretical model with more explanatory power - the "Spatializing" Gesture Hypothesis.

Keywords gestures      cognitive function      lexical index      information package      embodied cognition     
Corresponding Authors: Zhongyi LU     E-mail: zhongyilu@126.com
Issue Date: 18 January 2020
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Wenhua YU,Zhongyi LU. A new perspective on the cognitive function of gestures: The “spatializing” gesture hypothesis[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2020, 28(3): 426-433.
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