On Hand Movements During Speech: Studies of the Role of Self-Stimulation in Communication under Conditions of Psychopathology, Sensory Deficit, and Bilingualism

  • Stanley Grand
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 1)


I would like to describe a particular line of research which I and my colleagues at the Clinical Behavior Research Unit have been engaged in over the past few years. This research has been concerned with hand movements accompanying the speech of those who, for various reasons, experience disruptions in their communicative contact with others. These studies have been conducted within the context of a larger research program which aims at understanding the function of kinesic behavior during speech. A basic assumption underlying this program has been that hand movements which accompany speech, quite apart from their intrinsic communicative value for the listener, play an important supportive and regulating role in the organization and coding of thought for the speaker himself. Our focus upon those who experience disruption in communicative contact was chosen as a way of testing this assumption.


Schizophrenic Patient Hand Movement Auditory Feedback Blind Subject Sensory Deprivation 
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  • Stanley Grand
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  1. 1.Downstate Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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