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dc.contributor.advisorGardner, Howarden_US
dc.contributor.authorMehr, Samuel A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-20T13:52:39Z
dc.date.created2017-05en_US
dc.date.issued2017-04-14en_US
dc.date.submitted2017en_US
dc.identifier.citationMehr, Samuel A. 2017. Social Functions of Music in Infancy. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Graduate School of Education.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:33052842
dc.description.abstractI explore music's early role in social cognition, testing the hypothesis that infants interpret singing as a social signal. Over six experiments, I examine 5- and 11-month-old infants' social responses to new people who sing familiar or unfamiliar songs to them. I manipulate song familiarity with three training methods: infants learn songs from a parent; from a musical toy; or from an unfamiliar adult who sings first in person and subsequently via video chat. I use two main outcome measures: a test of visual preference for the singer of a familiar song; and, in older infants, a more explicitly social test of selective reaching for objects associated with and endorsed by novel individuals. I also test infants' memory for the songs they hear in these studies. I find that infants garner social information from the songs they hear, which they subsequently act upon in the context of social interaction; when songs are not learned in a social context, infants recall them in great detail after long delays. These results demonstrate a social function of music in early development. Music is not just pleasurable noise: it is a member of a class of behaviors, including language, accent, and food preference, that reliably inform infants' social behavior.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dash.licenseLAAen_US
dc.subjectPsychology, Developmentalen_US
dc.titleSocial Functions of Music in Infancyen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorMehr, Samuel A.en_US
dc.date.available2017-06-20T13:52:39Z
thesis.degree.date2017en_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Graduate School of Educationen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Education (Ed.D.)en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSnow, Catherineen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPinker, Stevenen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSpelke, Elizabethen_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dash.identifier.vireohttp://etds.lib.harvard.edu/gse/admin/view/146en_US
dc.description.keywordsmusic; social cognition; memory; infant development; parentingen_US
dash.author.emailsam@wjh.harvard.eduen_US
dash.identifier.orcid0000-0002-9400-7718en_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedMehr, Samuel


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