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Recent research has shown that people's actions can influence how they think. A separate body of research has shown that the gestures people produce when they speak can also influence how they think. In this article, we bring these two literatures together to explore whether gesture has an effect on thinking by virtue of its ability to reflect real-world actions. We first argue that gestures contain detailed perceptual-motor information about the actions they represent, information often notdoi:10.1177/1745691610388764 pmid:21572548 pmcid:PMC3093190 fatcat:jslcs3prdvhd3hnrwutjsh3tre