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Users of sign language describe spatial relations as they see them. So to describe a pen to the left of a paper, they place the sign of pen to their left and paper to their right. Speakers' spoken descriptions however do not have such simiilarity. Interestingly signers also view objects differently than speakers due to such differences in their signs . So signing controls visual eye gaze differently than speaking

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Why is it important?

it is usually believed that visual attention is not related to using language. However language actually guides visual attention to objects and this can also vary depending whether you are using a sign or spoken language.

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This page is a summary of: Iconicity in spatial language guides visual attention: A comparison between signers’ and speakers’ eye gaze during message preparation., Journal of Experimental Psychology Learning Memory and Cognition, September 2020, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/xlm0000843.
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