Dr. Peter Pfordresher (director)

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Dr. Pfordresher’s primary training has been in experimental 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. He is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology at SUNY Buffalo, and was previously a faculty member at the University of Texas (San Antonio). 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. A major recent area, currently funded by the National Science Foundation, concerns sensorimotor mechanisms in the vocal imitation of pitch patterns, including singing. Dr. Pfordresher currently serves as associated editor for the journals Music Perception and Psychological Research, and as a consulting editor for Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. He is co-author (with Siu-Lan Tan and Rom Harre) of the textbook, Psychology of Music: From Sound to Significance (2010, Psychology Press). You can read his vita here. Also see his faculty web page on the psychology department website here.