Areas of Expertise
Beardsley Ruml Distinguished Service Professor in Psychology, Comparative Human Development and the College
Susan Goldin-Meadow has done extensive research with her students on gesture. She has found, for instance, that blind people gesture in much the same way sighted people do. Her work also has shown that students perceive additional information in academic lessons that teachers convey unconsciously through their gestures. Goldin-Meadow's work also has demonstrated the role gestures play in giving clues about a child's readiness to learn. When gestures do not match speech, students are likely experiencing a period during which they are ready to learn a new task.