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Demonstration and pantomime in the evolution of teaching

dc.contributor.authorGardenfors, Peteren_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-05T07:19:22Z
dc.date.available2019-02-05T07:19:22Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationGardenfors, P. 2017. Demonstration and pantomime in the evolution of teaching. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:415, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00415
dc.identifier.issn1664-1078 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00415
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105384
dc.descriptionCITATION: Gardenfors, P. 2017. Demonstration and pantomime in the evolution of teaching. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:415, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00415.
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dc.description.abstractDonald proposes that early Homo evolved mimesis as a new form of cognition. This article investigates the mimesis hypothesis in relation to the evolution of teaching. The fundamental capacities that distinguish hominin teaching from that of other animals are demonstration and pantomime. A conceptual analysis of the instructional and communicative functions of demonstration and pantomime is presented. Archaeological evidence that demonstration was used for transmitting the Oldowan technology is summarized. It is argued that pantomime develops out of demonstration so that the primary objective of pantomime is that the onlooker learns the motoric patterns shown in the pantomime. The communicative use of pantomime is judged to be secondary. This use of pantomime is also contrasted with other forms of gestures. A key feature of the analysis is that the meaning of a pantomime is characterized by the force patterns of the movements. These force patterns form the core of a model of the cognitive mechanism behind pantomime. Finally, the role of pantomime in the evolution of language is also discussed.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00415/full
dc.format.extent12 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherFrontiers Media
dc.subjectTeachingen_ZA
dc.subjectPantomimeen_ZA
dc.subjectGestureen_ZA
dc.subjectMimesis in literatureen_ZA
dc.subjectEnglish language--Mimetic wordsen_ZA
dc.titleDemonstration and pantomime in the evolution of teachingen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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