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Lab 3: Gestures and Communication Introduction They may often go unnoticed, but humans tend to perform hand-based gestures simultaneously with spoken speech. These gestures form a second, simultaneous communication system in addition to spoken language. In this lab, you are going to watch others as they speak (either to you or to others) and describe three of the hand-based gestures that they use during their speech. You are then going to analyze these gestures just like we analyzed animal communication systems in class. Part 1: Observe three gestures during the spontaneous speech of another human being Watch the hands of your friends as they speak to you, or even of your friends as they speak to another friend. In the space below, describe three of the hand gestures that you have observed (i.e., describe the shape of the hand and the motion that was made) as well as the words that were spoken with the gesture. Word Description of the gesture 1. G1: Why? Palms up and swing them up and down 2. G2: Good job! Thumbs-up 3. G3: Calm down. Palms down and swing them up and down Part 2 : Describe the meaning of each gesture. It may help to describe to the meaning of the sentence that was spoken, and how the gesture supports (or even disambiguates) that meaning. 4. Meaning of G1: Palms up indicates many different things such as cluelessness, confusion, ignorance, and apology (source: Steve Cotler; Palms Up Gesture ) 5. Meaning of G2: Thumbs-up usually implies positivity, and is used in phrases such as “good job”, “well done”, and “nice one”. It also means hitch-hike in a certain situation. 6. Meaning of G3: Palms down could be used in many different situations. For example, “calm down”, “hold down”, and “keep it down, please”.
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Part 3: For each gesture, discuss whether the gesture is referring to any objects or entities in the world (for example, a pointing gesture may indicate the person or thing being
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