Re: the role of externalization

From: Steve Gabosch (
Date: Sat Jun 05 2004 - 18:08:36 PDT

The idea that people are self-regulating their thoughts when they gesture
while they speak - especially obvious (now that this is pointed out) when
they are talking to themselves, when they are on the phone, etc. - is still
another gem from the treasure chest of CHAT-related research and theory for
me to marvel at and think about. A couple questions immediately come to
mind. Has there been any evidence that gesturing-as-self-regulation can be
improved on as a skill, thereby enhancing one's cognitive awareness and
abilities? (Counting on one's fingers is one possible example; how
about sign language? etc.). And how about certain verbal habits, such as
saying "uh" or "um" while pausing -- might, and if so, how might these
kinds of utterances play a role in self-regulation?

- Steve

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