Dr. Laura Cirelli’s research can also be found on Google Scholar and the University of Toronto’s respository, TSpace.

Kragness, H. E., Swaminathan, S., Cirelli, L. K., & Schellenberg, E. G. (2021). Individual differences in musical ability are stable over time in childhood. Developmental Science, 24(4), e13081. [Journal]

Kragness, H. E., Ullah, F., Chan, E., Moses, R., & Cirelli, L. K. (2022). Tiny dancers: Effects of musical familiarity and tempo on children’s free dancing. Developmental Psychology. [Journal]
Kragness, H. E., Anderson, L., Chow, E., Schmuckler, M., & Cirelli, L. K. (2022). Musical groove shapes children’s free dancing. Developmental Science, e13249. [Journal]
Kragness, H. E., Johnson, E. K., & Cirelli, L. K. (2022). The song, not the singer: Infants prefer to listen to familiar songs, regardless of singer identity. Developmental Science, 25(1), e13149. [Journal]
Kragness, H. E., Berezowska, B., & Cirelli, L. K. (2021). A concert for babies: Attentional, affective, and motor responses in an infant audience. Developmental Science, e13297. [Journal]
Hilton, C. B., Moser, C. J., Bertolo, M., Lee-Rubin, H., Amir, D., Bainbridge, C. M., … & Mehr, S. A. (2022). Acoustic regularities in infant-directed speech and song across cultures. Nature Human Behaviour, 1-12. [Journal]
Lucca, K., Capelier-Mourguy, A., Cirelli, L., Byers-Heinlein, K., Dal Ben, R., Frank, M. C., … & Hamlin, K. (2021). Infants’ social evaluation of helpers and hinderers: A large-scale, multi-lab, coordinated replication study. [Journal]


Kragness, HE, & Cirelli, LK (2021). A syncing feeling: reductions in physiological arousal in response to observed social synchrony. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 16(1-2), 177-184. [Journal]

Kragness, H. E., Eitel, M. J., Anantharajan, F., Gaudette-Leblanc, A., Berezowska, B., & Cirelli, L. (in press). An itsy bitsy audience: Live performance facilitates infants’ attention and heart rate synchronization. [Link]


Kragness, HE, Swaminathan, S, Cirelli, LK, & Schellenberg, EG (2021). Individual differences in musical ability are stable over time in childhood. Developmental Science. 00: 1–8  [Journal]

Steinberg, S., Shivers, C. M., Liu, T., Cirelli, L. K., & Lense, M. D. (2021). Survey of the home music environment of children with various developmental profiles. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 75, 101296. [Journal]


Cirelli, LK, Jurewicz, ZB, & Trehub, SE (2020). Effects of maternal singing style on mother–infant arousal and behavior. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 32(7), 1213-1220. [TSpace]

Cirelli, LK, Peiris, R, Tavassoli, N, Recchia, H, Ross, H (2020). It takes two to tango: Preschool siblings’ musical play and prosociality in the home. Social Development, 00: 112. [Journal]

Cirelli, LK, & Trehub, SE (2020). Familiar songs reduce infant distress. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. [TSpace]

Qian, M, Yu, C, Fu, G, & Cirelli, LK (2020). Shaping children’s racial bias through interpersonal movement. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 198, 104884.

Weiss, MW, Cirelli, LK, McDermott, JH, & Trehub, SE (2020). Development of consonance preferences in Western listeners. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 149(4), 634-649. [TSpace]

Cirelli LK & Trehub SE (2019). Dancing to Metallica and Dora: case study of a 19-month-old. Front. Psychol, 10:1073. [TSpace]

Trehub SE, Weiss MW, & Cirelli LK (2019). Musicality across the lifespan. In P. J. Rentfrow & D. J. Levitin (Eds.), Foundations in music psychology: Theory and research (pp. 265–303). The MIT Press.

Trehub SE & Cirelli LK (2018). Precursors to the performing arts in infancy and early childhood. In J.F. Christensen & A.Gomila (Eds.) The Arts and the Brain: Psychology and Physiology Beyond Pleasure. Progress in Brain Research. [Journal]

Cirelli LK & Trehub SE (2018). Infants help singers of familiar songs. Music & Science, 1. doi: 10.1177/2059204318761622 [TSpace]

Cirelli LK, Trehub SE & Trainor LJ (2018). Rhythm and melody as social signals for infants. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1423, 66-72. [TSpace]

Cirelli LK, Wan SJ, Johanis TC & Trainor LJ (2018). Infants’ use of interpersonal asynchrony as a signal for third-party affiliation. Music & Science, 1.
doi: 10.1177/2059204317745855 [TSpace]

Cirelli LK (2018). How interpersonal synchrony facilitates early prosocial behavior. Current Opinion in Psychology, 20, 35-39[TSpace]

Saindon M, Cirelli LK, Schellenberg EG, van Lieshout P, & Trehub SE (2017). Children’s and adults’ perception of questions and statements from terminal fundamental frequency contours. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(5), 3123-3131. [TSpace]

Cirelli LK, Wan S, Spinelli C & Trainor LJ (2017). Effects of interpersonal movement synchrony on infant helping behaviours: Is music necessary? Music Perception, 34, 319-326. [TSpace]

Cirelli LK, Spinelli C, Nozaradan S & Trainor LJ (2016). Measuring neural entrainment to beat and meter in infants: Effects of music background. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10, 229. [TSpace]

Cirelli LK, Wan S & Trainor LJ (2016). Social effects of movement synchrony: Increased infant helpfulness only transfers to affiliates of synchronously moving partners. Infancy, 21, 807-821. [TSpace]

Trainor LJ & Cirelli LK (2015). Rhythm and interpersonal synchrony in early social development. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences,1337, 45-52. [TSpace]

Cirelli LK, Wan S & Trainor LJ (2014). Fourteen-month-old infants use interpersonal synchrony as a cue to direct helpfulness. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal British Society B: Biology, 369, 20130400  [TSpace]

Cirelli LK, Bosnyak D, Manning FC, Spinelli C, Marie C, Fujioka T, Ghahremani A and Trainor LJ (2014) Beat-induced fluctuations in auditory cortical beta-band activity: using EEG to measure age-related changes. Front. Psychol. 5:742.  [TSpace]

Cirelli LK, Einarson K & Trainor LJ (2014) Interpersonal synchrony increases prosocial behaviour in infants. Developmental Science, 17, 1003-1011. [TSpace]