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Iconic gesture and speech integration in younger and older adults

Cocks, N., Morgan, G. & Kita, S. (2011). Iconic gesture and speech integration in younger and older adults. Gesture, 11(1), pp. 24-39. doi: 10.1075/gest.11.1.02coc


This study investigated the impact of age on iconic gesture and speech integration. The performance of a group of older adults (60–76 years) and a group of younger adults (22–30 years) were compared on a task which required the comprehension of information presented in 3 different conditions: verbal only, gesture only, and verbal and gesture combined. The older adults in the study did not benefit as much from multi-modal input as the younger adults and were more likely to ignore gesture when decoding the multi-modal information.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is under copyright and the publisher ( should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Publisher Keywords: gesture, integration, aging
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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