Susan Goldin-Meadow

Gesturing with hands is a powerful tool for children’s math learning

Children who use their hands to gesture during a math lesson gain a deep understanding of the problems they are taught, according to new research from the University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology.

“We found that acting gave children a relatively shallow understanding of a novel math concept, whereas gesturing led to deeper and more flexible learning,” explained the study’s lead author, Miriam A. Novack, a PhD student in psychology.