"i see what you mean": Oral deaf individuals benefit from speaker's gesturing

Mara Vendrame, Ilaria Cutica, Monica Bucciarelli

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Recent studies in the psychological literature reveal that cospeech gestures facilitate the construction of an articulated mental model of an oral discourse by hearing individuals. In particular, they facilitate correct recollections and discourse-based inferences at the expense of memory for discourse verbatim. Do gestures accompanying an oral discourse facilitate the construction of a discourse model also by oral deaf individuals trained to lip-read? The atypical cognitive functioning of oral deaf individuals leads to this prediction. Experiments 1 and 2, each conducted on 16 oral deaf individuals, used a recollection task and confirmed the prediction. Experiment 3, conducted on 36 oral deaf individuals, confirmed the prediction using a recognition task.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-639
Number of pages28
JournalEuropean Journal of Cognitive Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Discourse comprehension
  • Gestures
  • Learning
  • Mental models
  • Oral deafs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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