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Sara Broaders

Director of Undergraduate Studies; Professor of Instruction

Research Interests

My research interests include the role of gesture in cognition and communication and issues in memory development. I am primarily interested in the use of gesture by both interviewers and witnesses in forensic interviews, and the type of functions that gesture may serve in this situation.  I also study the role of gesture in cognitive development and problem solving.

Selected Publications

Broaders, S.C., Wagner Cook, S., Mitchell, Z., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2007). Making children gesture reveals implicit knowledge and leads to learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 136 (4), 539-550.

Stein, N.L., Sheldrick, R. & Broaders, S. (1999). Predicting psychological well-being from beliefs and goal appraisal processes. In S.R. Goldman, A.C. Graesser, & P. Van den Broek, (Eds.), Narrative, Comprehension, Causality, and Coherence: Essays in Honor of Tom Trabasso, Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Broaders, S.C., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (in preparation). The role of gesture in forensic interviews.

Broaders, S.C. (in preparation). Children’s susceptibility to suggestion conveyed in gesture.

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