Non-Verbal Communication Devices: Their Relevance, Their Use and the Mental Processes Involved

  • F. Lowenthal


Non-verbal communication devices have been defined in previous papers (Lowenthal, 1978a, 1982). We want to show here, by means of examples, in what ways they are similar to and how they differ from any known verbal language; what makes them useful either for introducing new concepts in a teaching situation, or for creating a situation where the subject’s behaviour can easily be observed and analyzed. Finally we will describe what mental processes are involved, according to us, when children are confronted with NVCDs. This can be illustrated by descriptions of experiments carried out with children (Lowenthal, 1979, 1984a). Two of these experiments are presented in this book (the first one concerns the use of NVCDs in a teaching situation and the second one concerns the use of an NVCD used to observe the behaviour of children solving a logical problem).


Logical Structure Finite Automaton Communication Device Verbal Language Technical Constraint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Lowenthal
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  1. 1.Laboratoire NVCDUniversity of MonsBelgium

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