After 6 months without internet, I came back to find 174 unread emails from my Google Scholar alerts. I sifted through them all, picking out relevant articles. Now I have a large "To Read" folder to tackle. Since I'm going through them all anyway, it seemed like a good idea to summarise and share them. Here are 5 journal articles about "gesturing" published in the last 6 months. Enjoy!
Canteloup, C., Bovet, D., & Meunier, H. (2015). Intentional gestural communication and discrimination of human attentional states in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Animal Cognition, 875–883.
|(Canteloup et al. 2015)|
Waller, B. M., Caeiro, C. C., & Davila-Ross, M. (2015). Orangutans modify facial displays depending on recipient attention. PeerJ, 3, e827.
Looking at video footage of spontaneous play for 20 orangutans, researchers coded to examine if play face is affected by the attention of the recipient, which could mean that it’s intentionally (not automatically) produced. They found that orangutans produced the place face for longer when face-to-face than when not, and that the play face was also more complex. This could mean that the play face can be emotionally and intentionally produced, or that at least the orangutans are reacting to more subtle contextual cues.
|(Hoetjes et al. 2015)|
Researchers asked human subjects to describe weird objects (“Greebles”) to another person, and forced them to repeat themselves when the communication was unsuccessful. Whether or not the recipient was able to see the subject, they used gestures, although gestures with a visible recipient were larger. When the communication was unsuccessful, the subject reduced the number of words spoken, but used the same number of gestures. This meant that the gesture rate was higher, as was the precision of the gestures.
Scott-Phillips, T. C. (2015). Meaning in animal and human communication. Animal Cognition.
Bourjade, M., Canteloup, C., Meguerditchian, A., Vauclair, J., & Gaunet, F. (2015). Training experience in gestures affects the display of social gaze in baboons’ communication with a human. Animal Cognition, 18(1), 239–50.
|(Bourjade et al. 2015)|