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Fine Motor Skills Enhance Lexical Processing of Embodied Vocabulary: A Test of the Nimble-Hands, Nimble-Minds Hypothesis

Suggate, Sebastian ; Stoeger, Heidrun


Research suggests that fine motor skills (FMS) are linked to aspects of cognitive development in children. Additionally, lexical processing advantages exist for words implying a high body-object interaction (BOI), with initial findings indicating that such words in turn link to children's FMS-for which we propose and evaluate four competing hypotheses. First, a maturational account argues that ...


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