Influence of noise on gesture production

This study followed up on ethnographic work done by Simon Harrison in factory surroundings that indicated an influence of environmental conditions (e.g. obstacles, noise) on gesture production. In the lab, a production line situation was simulated on a computer screen, which participants had to monitor. Upon observing discrepancies from the norm, these had to be communicated by using predefined gestures. The experimental conditions included the presence vs. absence of factory noise. Currently the MoCap data are being analyzed to determine the influence of noise on gesture size.


  • Harrison, S., Grandhi, S. & Mittelberg, I. (2011): Effects of noise on gesture production. Insights from a Motion Capture study. Poster presented at Sensory Motor Concepts in Language and Cognition, Düsseldorf University. December 2nd, 2011