Gesturing Children Perform Well on Cognitive Tasks, San Francisco State University Study

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In the first study of its kind, SF State researchers have shown that younger children who use gestures outperform their peers in a problem-solving task. The task itself is relatively simple -- sorting cards printed with colored shapes first by color, and then by shape. But the switch from color to shape can be tricky for children younger than 5, says Professor of Psychology Patricia Miller.

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