Dr. Peter Pfordresher (director)

Dr. Pfordresher is a full professor and chair of the Department of Psychology. His many years as a practicing musician provided the basis for his research interest in the cognitive bases of musical communication as it occurs during performance. The main question motivating his research concerns the way in which people retrieve complex event sequences in real time, whether in the course of perceiving or producing these sequences. Dr. Pfordresher currently serves as associated editor for the journal Music Perception , and as a consulting editor for Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. His books include Psychology of Music: From Sound to Significance (2nd edition, 2018, with Siu-Lan Tan and Rom Harré)  and Sound and Action in Music Performance (2019). You can read his vita here. Also see his faculty web page on the psychology department website here.