The contribution of a perceptual approach to the analyses of identical and op-posite gestures was examined. Two experiments involved children aged 6 to 8 in gesture production tasks. The results revealed that subjects rarely solve the tasks of producing the same gesture and the opposite gesture using their own body as frame of reference (egocentric space). The external reference (exocentric space) and the spatial organization structured by the presence of two observers (relational space) turned out to be the frames of reference most frequently used. These findings sug-gest the inadequacy of the egocentric space to explain subjects’ responses in the imitative task and the influence of the specific spatial gestalt, and provide the first evidence of the perceptual shaping of gestures perceived as the opposite.

LA PERCEZIONE DELLA FORMA DEI GESTI IDENTICI E CONTRARI

BIANCHI, IVANA
2000

Abstract

The contribution of a perceptual approach to the analyses of identical and op-posite gestures was examined. Two experiments involved children aged 6 to 8 in gesture production tasks. The results revealed that subjects rarely solve the tasks of producing the same gesture and the opposite gesture using their own body as frame of reference (egocentric space). The external reference (exocentric space) and the spatial organization structured by the presence of two observers (relational space) turned out to be the frames of reference most frequently used. These findings sug-gest the inadequacy of the egocentric space to explain subjects’ responses in the imitative task and the influence of the specific spatial gestalt, and provide the first evidence of the perceptual shaping of gestures perceived as the opposite.
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