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Iconic gesture and speech integration in younger and older adults

Cocks, N., Morgan, G. and 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 Sciences > Language & Communication Science
Date available in CRO: 19 May 2015 12:09
Date deposited: 29 July 2017
Date of first online publication: 1 January 2011
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