The work of Gaye Soley was Covered in Science

Date: 
Friday, February 19, 2016

 

The work covered by Science in the Editor’s Choice section by Gilbert Chin was originally published in Cognition. Soley and Spelke (2016) showed that children show a preference in making new friends based on the shared knowledge of songs. This preference was observed at children as young as 4 years old. The authors stated that:

“These results suggest that young children have a remarkably selective sensitivity to shared cultural knowledge. Shared knowledge may be a powerful determinant of children’s social preferences, both because it underpins effective communication and because it is conveyed by others through social interactions and therefore can serve as a marker of social group identity.” (Soley & Spelke, 2016)

 

Here you can find the coverage of the work in Science (VOL 351, ISSUE 6275).

 

You can click here for the original article.

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

 

Congratulations to Gaye Soley on her distinguished work!