Gestures Enhance Foreign Language Learning

Show simple item record Macedonia, Manuela von Kriegstein, Katharina 2020-01-27T04:52:15Z 2020-01-27T04:52:15Z 2012
dc.description.abstract Language and gesture are highly interdependent systems that reciprocally influence each other. For example, performing a gesture when learning a word or a phrase enhances its retrieval compared to pure verbal learning. Although the enhancing effects of co-speech gestures on memory are known to be robust, the underlying neural mechanisms are still unclear. Here, we summarize the results of behavioral and neuroscientific studies. They indicate that the neural representation of words consists of complex multimodal networks connecting perception and motor acts that occur during learning. In this context, gestures can reinforce the sensorimotor representation of a word or a phrase, making it resistant to decay. Also, gestures can favor embodiment of abstract words by creating it from scratch. Thus, we propose the use of gesture as a facilitating educational tool that integrates body and mind. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject gesture en
dc.subject language learning en
dc.subject non-verbal communication en
dc.title Gestures Enhance Foreign Language Learning en
dc.type Article en

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