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


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

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 (2020). Familiar songs reduce infant distress. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. [TSpace]

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

Cirelli LK, Jurewicz ZB & Trehub SE (2019). Effects of maternal singing style on mother-infant arousal and behavior. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 1-8. [TSpace]

Trehub SE, Weiss MW, & Cirelli LK (in press). Musicality across the lifespan. In D. Levitin & J. Rentfrow (Eds.) Foundations of Music Psychology: Theory and Research. Cambridge, MA: 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]