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Encouraging children to produce rhythmic beat gestures leads to better narrative discourse performances

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dc.contributor.author Prieto Vives, Pilar, 1965-
dc.contributor.author Vilà-Giménez, Ingrid
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-11T08:07:38Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-11T08:07:38Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Vilà-Giménez I, Prieto P. Encouraging children to produce rhythmic beat gestures leads to better narrative discourse performances. In: Klessa K, Bachan J, Wagner A, Karpiński M, Śledziński D. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody; 2018 June 13-16; Poznań, Poland. [Lous Tourils]: ISCA; 2018. p. 704-8. DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-143
dc.identifier.issn 2333-2042
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/35128
dc.description.abstract Recent research has shown that when preschoolers listen to a speaker who is simultaneously making beat gestures, this favors their recall and comprehension of what they have heard and also boosts their narrative performance. However, previous studies have not tested the effect of encouraging children to produce beat gestures while retelling narratives— as opposed to merely observing them—on their narrative performances. In this study, a total of 47 five- and six-year-old children participated in a between-subjects brief training study experiment with a pretest and an immediate posttest design. Children were exposed to a training phase with a total of six one-minute stories, presented under two experimental conditions: 1) beat non-encouraging condition, and 2) beat encouraging condition. Video recordings of the pretest and posttest narratives were then scored for narrative structure and fluency. A comparison of scores showed that children in the group that had been encouraged to use beat gestures performed better than the group of children who were simply asked to retell the story without gesture instruction. All in all, this evidence suggests that encouraging the use of beat gestures by children helps to boost their subsequent narrative performance.
dc.description.sponsorship This study was approved by the ethics committee of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and benefited from funding awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (FFI2015-66533-P) and by the Generalitat de Catalunya (2014 SGR_925) to the Prosodic Studies Group. The first author also acknowledges an FI grant from the Generalitat de Catalunya (ref. 2017FI_B_00297).
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
dc.relation.ispartof Klessa K, Bachan J, Wagner A, Karpiński M, Śledziński D. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody; 2018 June 13-16; Poznań, Poland. [Lous Tourils]: ISCA; 2018. p. 704-8
dc.rights © 2018 ISCA.
dc.title Encouraging children to produce rhythmic beat gestures leads to better narrative discourse performances
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/conferenceObject
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-143
dc.subject.keyword Beat gestures
dc.subject.keyword Narrative discourse performance
dc.subject.keyword Between-subjects training study
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/FFI2015-66533-P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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