Engaging with happy-sounding music promotes helping behavior in 18-month-olds

Tik Sze Carrey SIU, Cheuk In HO

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlespeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

Engaging with music fosters prosocial responding in infants and toddlers. In this pilot study, we examined whether music that expresses contrasting emotions (happy vs. sad) was associated with toddlers’ helpfulness. Seventy-five 18-month-olds from Hong Kong China were randomly assigned to engage with music with an experimenter in one of two conditions: happy- or sad-sounding music. After the musical engagement task, toddlers from both conditions completed the same set of helping tasks. For instrumental (action-based) helping, toddlers were significantly more helpful after engaging with happy-sounding music than with sad-sounding music. Our initial findings suggest that cues linked to happy- and sad-sounding music influence toddlers’ prosocial responses. Copyright © 2021 The Authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-206
JournalInfancy
Volume27
Issue number1
Early online dateNov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

Citation

Siu, T.-S. C., & Ho, C.-I. (2022). Engaging with happy-sounding music promotes helping behavior in 18-month-olds. Infancy, 27(1), 197-206. doi: 10.1111/infa.12443

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Engaging with happy-sounding music promotes helping behavior in 18-month-olds'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.