Highlights from the Psychonomic Society annual meeting

Summaries from the conference held November 15-18 in Minneapolis

By Bruce Bower, 15:50 PM November 19, 2012

Gestures have timely impact on thought
People think differently about the passage of time based on gestures someone else uses while describing, say, a day’s events or the growth of a seed into a flower, Stanford University psychologist Barbara Tversky reported on November 17. In a series of experiments, Tversky’s colleague Azadeh Jamalian of Columbia University asked volunteers to diagram progressions of familiar events. While describing these tasks, Jamalian gestured in a straight line fro...

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