If Wednesday's meeting is moved forward two days, what day is the meeting on now? Humans map abstract concepts like time with our everyday experiences with our bodies. Gestures are early signs of cognition in children. If we tap into this knowledge, we can better teach our children.
Lauren J. Stites, M.A., is a Ph.D. candidate in Developmental Psychology at Georgia State University. For the past 10 years, her research has focused on language acquisition in children with a variety of different developmental profiles. Lauren completed her MA in 2010, based on her work on young children’s understanding of different metaphors for time. Her current work examines the effect of literacy on the development of metaphorical abilities in speech and in gesture. Specifically, she is interested in how children use metaphors to organize abstract concepts in thought, and how language, culture, and cognitive factors influence children’s abstract thought. Further, she examines how children use gesture in later complex language development, such as narration. Lauren’s work was funded by a Challenges in Acquiring Language & Literacy Fellowship.
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