[see by topic or by image]


2018 and in press

Fenlon, Jordan, Kensy Cooperrider, Jonathan Keane, Diane Brentari, and Susan Goldin-Meadow (in press). Comparing sign language and gesture: Insights from pointing. Glossa.

Cooperrider, Kensy and Dedre Gentner (2018). Where do measurement units come from? In T. T. Rogers, M. Rau, X. Zhu, & C. W. Kalish (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 238–243). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]

Cooperrider, Kensy, Natasha Abner, and Susan Goldin-Meadow (2018). The palm-up puzzle: Meanings and origins of a widespread form in gesture and sign. Frontiers in Communication, 3(23). doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2018.00023. [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy, James Slotta, and Rafael Núñez (2018). The preference for pointing with the hand is not universal. Cognitive Science, 42(4)1375-1390. [PDF] [OSF]



Cooperrider, Kensy (2017). Foreground gesture, background gesture. Gesture, 16(2), 176-202. [PDF]

Cooperrider, Kensy, Dedre Gentner, and Susan Goldin-Meadow (2017). Analogical gestures foster understanding of causal systems. In G. Gunzelmann, A. Howes, T. Tenbrink, & E. Davelaar (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 240–245). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]

Cooperrider, Kensy, and Susan Goldin-Meadow (2017). When gesture becomes analogy. Topics in Cognitive Science, 9(3), 719-737. [link] [PDF]

Cooperrider, Kensy (2017). Making the rounds [Review of The Book of Circles, by Manuel Lima]. Science, 356(8341), 914. [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy, Tyler Marghetis, and Rafael Núñez (2017). Where does the ordered line come from? Evidence from a culture of Papua New Guinea. Psychological Science, 28(5), 599-608 [link] [OSF]

Cooperrider, Kensy, and Susan Goldin-Meadow (2017). Gesture, language, and cognition. In B. Dancygier (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics (pp. 118-134). New York: Cambridge University Press. [PDF]

Cooperrider, Kensy, James Slotta, and Rafael Núñez (2017). Uphill and downhill in a flat world: The conceptual topography of the Yupno house. Cognitive Science, 41, 768-799. [PDF] [supplementary materials]



Cooperrider, Kensy, Dedre Gentner, and Susan Goldin-Meadow (2016). Spatial analogies pervade complex relational reasoning: Evidence from spontaneous gestures. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 1, 28. doi:10.1186/s41235-016-0024-5 [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy (2016). The co-organization of demonstratives and pointing gestures. Discourse Processes, 53(8), 632-656. [PDF] [link]

Walker, Esther, and Kensy Cooperrider (2016). The continuity of metaphor: Evidence from temporal gestures. Cognitive Science, 40, 481-495. [PDF]



Abner, Natasha, Kensy Cooperrider, and Susan Goldin-Meadow (2015). Gesture for linguists: A handy primer. Language & Linguistics Compass, 9(11), 437-449. [PDF]

Cooperrider, Kensy, Elizabeth Wakefield, and Susan Goldin-Meadow (2015). More than meets the eye: Gesture changes thought, even without visual feedback. In R. Dale, C. Jennings, P. P. Maglio, T. Matlock, D. Noelle, A. Warlaumont, and J. Yoshimi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 441-446). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]



Cooperrider, Kensy (2014). Body-directed gestures: Pointing to the self and beyond. Journal of Pragmatics, 71, 1-16. [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy, Rafael Núñez, and Eve Sweetser (2014). The conceptualization of time in gesture. In C. Müller, A. Cienki, E. Fricke, S. Ladewig, D. McNeill, and J. Bressem (Eds.) Body-Language-Communication (vol. 2) (pp. 1781-1788). New York: Mouton de Gruyter. [PDF]

Cooperrider, Kensy and Susan Goldin-Meadow (2014). The role of gesture in analogical problem solving. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2068-2072). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]

Marghetis, Tyler, Melanie McComsey, and Kensy Cooperrider (2014). Spatial reasoning in bilingual Mexico: Delimiting the influence of language. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 940-945). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [PDF]


2013 and earlier

Núñez, Rafael, and Kensy Cooperrider (2013). The tangle of space and time in human cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17(5), 220-229. [PDF]

Cooperrider, Kensy, and Rafael Núñez (2012). Nose-pointing: Notes on a facial gesture of Papua New Guinea. Gesture, 12(2), 103-130. [PDF] [link]

Núñez, Rafael, Kensy Cooperrider, D Doan, and Jürg Wassmann (2012). Contours of time: Topographic construals of past, present, and future in the Yupno Valley of Papua New Guinea. Cognition, 124(1), 25-35. [link]

Núñez, Rafael, Kensy Cooperrider, and Jürg Wassmann (2012). Number concepts without number lines in an indigenous group of Papua New Guinea. PLoS ONE, 7(4), e35662. [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy (2011). Reference in action: Links between pointing and language. Doctoral dissertation, University of California, San Diego. [PDF] [abstract]

Cooperrider, Kensy (2011). [Review of Pragmatics and nonverbal communication, by Tim Wharton]. Gesture, 11(1), 81-88. [link] [see also our subsequent exchange]

Cooperrider, Kensy, and Rafael Núñez (2009). Across time, across the body: Transversal temporal gestures. Gesture, 9(2), 181-206. [PDF]

Cooperrider, Kensy (2009). [Review of Roots of Human Sociality: Culture, Cognition and Interaction, edited by N. J. Enfield and S. C. Levinson]. Gesture, 9(3), 373-380. [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy (2009). [Review of Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of the Mind, by Evan Thompson]. Philosophical Psychology, 22(2), 242-6. [link]



Cooperrider, Kensy (2018, May). From pointing to nodding: Is gesture a universal language? Aeon. [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy (2018, February). The way humans point isn't as universal as you might think. The Conversation. [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy, and Rafael Núñez (2016, November). How We Make Sense of Time. Scientific American–Mind, 27 (6), 38-43. [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy (2016, October). Framing the World in Terms of “Left” and “Right” is Stranger than You Think. Nautilus Magazine (Blog). [link]

Cooperrider, Kensy (2016, March). Why Natural Selection Became Darwin’s Fittest Metaphor for Evolution. Nautilus Magazine (Blog). [link]



Marghetis, Tyler, Melanie McComsey, and Kensy Cooperrider (under revision). Frames of reference in hand and mind: Spatial gesture and cognition in Zapotec-Spanish bilinguals. [*authors contributed equally]

Cooperrider, Kensy, and Kate Mesh (submitted). Pointing in gesture and sign: One tool, many uses. [invited chapter in forthcoming volume ‘The Blossoming of Gesture in Language’]

Cooperrider, Kensy, and Dedre Gentner (submitted). The career of measurement.


My full CV is here. My Google Scholar profile is here.