Gesture and Problem Solving

People spontaneously produce gestures while they speak. Interestingly research from Susan Goldin-Meadow and colleagues has revealed that gesture is important not only for communicating our thoughts to others, but may reveal and guide our own thought processes while engaged in problem solving. I am currently engaged in research that examines this phenomenon, looking at the differences in problem solving  between guided and spontaneous gestures, as well as the relationship between spatial ability and task performance and gesture use.

Presentation slides available here (PDF).