Edited by R. Breckinridge Church, Martha W. Alibali and Spencer D. Kelly
[Gesture Studies 7] 2017
► pp. 175–196
Chapter 8One function of gesture is to make new ideas
The action-cognition transduction hypothesis
I propose that gestures and actions create ideas through action-cognition transduction, whereby actions predictably induce cognitive states in a fashion reciprocal to ways that cognition drives action. The action-cognition transduction hypothesis challenges classical mentalist notions by placing cognition and action on equal footing for influencing the reciprocal system. Gestures are distinguished from non-communicative actions in their relationship to the physical task environment and to concurrent speech and thought. Through transduction, actions influence nonverbal processes such as insight, emotional state, and procedural knowledge; while gestures appear to influence both nonverbal and verbal processes, including articulation of latent ideas and inference making. Thus, one important function of gesture is that it supports generative thought processes, helping people to make new ideas.
- Transduction between cognition and action
- Do actions induce cognitive states?
- Gestures foster new ideas
- General discussion
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