Metaphoric gestures: towards grounded mental spaces

Lhommet, M. and Marsella, S. (2014) Metaphoric gestures: towards grounded mental spaces. In: 14th International Intelligent Virtual Agents Conference (IVA 2014), Boston, MA, USA, 27-29 Aug 2014, pp. 264-274. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-09767-1_34)

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Abstract

Gestures are related to the mental states and unfolding processes of thought, reasoning and verbal language production. This is especially apparent in the case of metaphors and metaphoric gestures. For example, talking about the importance of an idea by calling it a big idea and gesturing to indicate that large size is a manifestation of the use of metaphors in language and gesture. We propose a computational model of the influence of conceptual metaphors on gestures that maps from mental state representations of ideas to their expression in concrete, physical metaphoric gestures. This model relies on conceptual primary metaphors to map the abstract elements of the mental space to concrete physical elements that can be conveyed with gestures.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:First published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8637: 264-274
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Marsella, Professor Stacy
Authors: Lhommet, M., and Marsella, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0302-9743
ISSN (Online):0302-9743

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