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The Cognitive Science Society is hosting a 2004-2005 virtual colloquium
series presented live via the Internet, with the second talk given by Susan
Goldin-Meadow. Register at http://www.ctaresource.com/CognitiveScience to
attend.

Time: Friday, January 21, 2005, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Susan Goldin-Meadow
Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago

Topic: How our hands help us think

When people talk, they gesture. We now know that these gestures are
associated with learning. They can index moments of cognitive instability
and reflect thoughts not yet found in speech. In this talk, I explore the
possibility that gesture might do more than just reflect learning - it might
be involved in the learning process itself. I consider two non-mutually
exclusive possibilities. First, gesture could play a role in the learning
process by displaying, for all to see, the learner's newest, and perhaps
undigested, thoughts. Parents, teachers, and peers would then have the
opportunity to react to those unspoken thoughts and provide the learner with
the input necessary for future steps. Second, gesture could play a role in
the learning process more directly by providing another representational
format, one that would allow the learner to explore, perhaps with less
effort, ideas that may be difficult to think through in a verbal format.
Thus gesture has the potential to contribute to cognitive change, directly
by influencing the learner and indirectly by influencing the learning
environment.

Sincerely,
Tom Ward
Center for Creative Media
Box 870172
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0172
http://bama.ua.edu/~tward
email: [log in to unmask]

The seminar series is managed by Aptima, Inc, http://www.aptima.com, and
delivered using Elluminate Live. The seminar series is sponsored by the
Office of Naval Research, http://www.onr.navy.mil.

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