In the TEMPO lab, we  research how musical engagement affects social-emotional development and how rhythm perception and production develop from  infancy and early childhood. To address these questions, we use a combination of behavioural and physiological (EEG, skin conductance) measures.

Some of our current research projects ask the following key questions:

  • How and when do babies start to move to music?
  • What are the social effects of musical engagement during infancy ?
  • What are the emotional effects of music across development?



Please see the publications page for a more detailed overview of Dr. Cirelli’s work.