Re: the role of externalization

From: Phil Chappell (
Date: Sun Jun 06 2004 - 04:22:50 PDT

There is a growing body of research within a sociocultural framework
related to gestures and other language learning - see the work of
Stephen McCafferty, for example.

On Jun 6, 2004, at 8:08 AM, Steve Gabosch wrote:

> 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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