I'm a cognitive scientist studying how people communicate and think. My primary focus is visual forms of communication — including the gestures that speakers produce, the signs of sign language, and graphical representations like timelines. My projects have involved experiments in the lab, analyses of multimodal corpora, and fieldwork in Papua New Guinea and Mexico.
June 2018 – Check out our new review article on the puzzle of palm-up gestures, which are pervasive in both spoken and signed communication.
June 2018 – In early July, I was in Cape Town, South Africa for the 8th meeting of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS). I presented two talks as part of the special focus on the 'Anthropology of Gesture.'
February 2018 – Read my piece for The Conversation about pointing across cultures.
January 2018 – Check out our newest paper on Yupno communication and cognition—'The preference for pointing with the hand is not universal'—recently published in Cognitive Science.
May 2018. From pointing to nodding: Is gesture a universal language? Aeon.
February 2018. The way humans point isn't as universal as you might think. The Conversation.
May 2017. Making the rounds. Science.
November 2016. How we make sense of time. Scientific American–Mind. (w/ Rafael Núñez)
October 2016. Framing the world in terms of “left” and “right” is stranger than you think. Nautilus (blog).
March 2016. Why natural selection became Darwin’s fittest metaphor for evolution. Nautilus (blog).