Gaye Soley


Assistant Professor

+90 212 359 48 32

  • PhD, Harvard University, 2012
  • MA, Harvard University, 2009
  • BA, Boğaziçi University, 2006
Courses Taught: 
  • Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
Research Interests: 
  • Social-cognitive development
  • Developmental origins of social divisions
  • Social learning
  • Musical enculturation
  • Rhythm perception
Recent Publications: 

Davoodi, T., Soley, G., Blake, P., & Harris, P. L. (in press). Essentialization of social categories across development in two cultures. Child Development.


Aldan, P., & Soley, G. (in press). The role of inter-group biases in children’s endorsement of information about novel individuals. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.


Soley, G. & Aldan, P. (2018). Children and adults selectively infer shared cultural knowledge among same-language speakers. Child Development.


Soley, G. (in press). The social meaning of shared musical experiences in infancy and early childhood. To appear in Ilari, B. and Young, S. (eds.) Early childhood music: Contemporary contexts and perspectives, New York: Springer.


Soley, G. (2016). Müzik Algısının Gelişimi. In Aydın, C., Göksun, T., Küntay, A., and Tahiroğlu, D. (eds.) Aklın Çocuk Hali: Zihin Gelişimi Araştırmaları (pp. 211-232), İstanbul: Koç Üniversitesi Yayınevi. (in Turkish).


Soley, G., & Spelke, E. S. (2016). Shared cultural knowledge: Effects of music on young children's social preferences. Cognition, 148, 106-116.

Soley, G., & Sebastian-Galles, N. (2015). Infants prefer tunes previously introduced by speakers of their native language. Child Development, 86(6), 1685-1692.


Soley, G. (2014). Attunement and Affiliation. In W.F. Thompson (Ed.), Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia (pp. 94-96). New York: Sage Publications.


Hannon, E.E., Soley, G., & Ullal, S. (2012). Familiarity overrides simplicity in rhythmic pattern perception: A cross-cultural examination of American and Turkish listeners. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38, 543-548.


Hannon, E.E., Soley, G., & Levine, R.S (2011). Constraints on infants’ musical rhythm perception: Effects of interval ratio complexity and enculturation. Developmental Science, 14, 865-872.


Soley. G., & Hannon E.E. (2010). Infants prefer the musical meter of their own culture: A cross-cultural comparison, Developmental Psychology, 46(1), 286-292.