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Observing storytellers who use rhythmic beat gestures improves children’s narrative discourse performance

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dc.contributor.author Prieto Vives, Pilar, 1965-
dc.contributor.author Vilà-Giménez, Ingrid
dc.contributor.author Igualada, Alfonso
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-21T11:17:54Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-21T11:17:54Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Vilà-Giménez I, Igualada A, Prieto P. Observing storytellers who use rhythmic beat gestures improves children’s narrative discourse performance. Dev Psychol. 2018 Nov 29. DOI 10.1037/dev0000604
dc.identifier.issn 0012-1649
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/36345
dc.description Data de publicació electrónica: 29-11-2018
dc.description.abstract Iconic and pointing gestures are important precursors of children’s early language and cognitive development. While beat gestures seem to have positive effects on the recall of information by preschoolers, little is known about the potential beneficial effects of observing beat gestures on the development of children’s narrative performance. We tested forty-four 5- and 6-year-old children in a between-subject study with a pretest–posttest design. Following a pretest in which they were asked to retell the story of an animated cartoon they had watched, the children were exposed to a training session in which they observed an adult telling a total of six one-minute stories under two between-subject experimental conditions: 1) a no-beat condition, where focal elements in the narratives were not highlighted by means of beat gestures; and 2) a beat condition, in which focal elements were highlighted by beat gestures. Following the training session, a posttest was administered following the same procedure as the pretest. Narrative structure scores were independently coded from recordings of the pretest and posttest and subjected to statistical comparisons. The results revealed that children who were exposed to the beat condition showed a higher gain in narrative structure scores. This study thus shows for the first time that a brief training session with beat gestures has immediate benefits for children’s narrative discourse performance.
dc.description.sponsorship The study “Observing storytellers who use rhythmic beat gestures improves children’s narrative discourse performance” obtained ethics approval from the ethics committee at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as part of the approval of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness project FFI2015-66533-P “Intonational and gestural meaning in language”.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher American Psychological Association (APA)
dc.relation.ispartof Dev Psychol. 2018 Nov 29. DOI 10.1037/dev0000604
dc.rights © American Psychological Association (APA) http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dev0000604 This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
dc.title Observing storytellers who use rhythmic beat gestures improves children’s narrative discourse performance
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dev0000604
dc.subject.keyword Beat gestures
dc.subject.keyword Narrative discourse performance
dc.subject.keyword Narrative structure
dc.subject.keyword Between-subject training study
dc.subject.keyword Pretest–posttest design
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/acceptedVersion


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