HAND GESTURES

  If someone has ever made fun of you for making elaborate hand gestures while talking — or you’ve seen footage of yourself speaking, only to be horrified by your flailing forearms — don’t be too concerned.  According to psychologists, those gestures probably are helping you express your thoughts more effectively.    Loredo Hand Care Institute, Dr. Pedro Loredo, Hand Surgeon, www.loredohands.com , Office 972-939-4974,   Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

If someone has ever made fun of you for making elaborate hand gestures while talking — or you’ve seen footage of yourself speaking, only to be horrified by your flailing forearms — don’t be too concerned.  According to psychologists, those gestures probably are helping you express your thoughts more effectively.  Loredo Hand Care Institute, Dr. Pedro Loredo, Hand Surgeon, www.loredohands.com , Office 972-939-4974, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

Crazy Facts About Hand Gestures:

  • You’re born to speak with your hands. Researchers have found that infants who use more hand gestures at 18-months old have greater language abilities later on. Hand gestures speak to great intelligence. Check out this adorable baby using hand gestures to the Itsy Bitsy Spider:
  • Hand gestures make people listen to you. Spencer Kelly, associate professor of Psychology and co-director of the Center for Language and Brain at Colgate University found that gestures make people pay attention to the acoustics of speech. Kelly said, “Gestures are not merely add-ons to language – they may actually be a fundamental part of it.”
  • We can’t help it. Hand gestures come to us naturally. Spencer even found that blind people use hand gestures when speaking with other blind people.
  • Gesturing helps you access memories. Using hand gestures while you speak not only helps others remember what you say, it also helps you speak more quickly and effectively!
  • Nonverbal explanations help you understand more. One study found that forcing children to gesture while they explained how to solve math problems actually helped them learn new problem-solving strategies.