Behavioral Neuroscience | Cognitive Neuroscience | Neuroimaging
Learning by doing? The effect of gestures on implicit retrieval of newly acquired words
Klaus-Martin Kroenke*, Karsten Mueller, Angela Friederici, Hellmuth Obrig
*Corresponding author: Klaus-Martin Kroenke
Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
F1000Posters 2012, 3: 611 (poster) [English]
Poster [432.05 KB]
18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) 2012, 10 - 14 Jun 2012, 278 MT
Meaningful gestures enhance speech comprehensibility. However, their role during novel-word acquisition remains elusive. Evidence for facilitation but also for interference with lexical learning has been reported. Therefore we tested how meaningful versus meaningless gestures impact on word-learning and compared these conditions to purely verbal learning.
Behavioral data challenge the generality of an enactment-effect for single word-learning. Imaging results, however, suggest that actively performed meaningful gestures lead to a deeper semantic encoding of novel words.
Further steps include the analysis of corresponding functional and structural connectivity data and the application of the design in aphasia patients.
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