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Peter Pfordresher

Peter Pfordresher, Ph.D.

Peter Q. Pfordresher is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York where he directs the Auditory Perception and Action Lab. He received a BA from Georgetown University (1993), MSc from University College London (1994) and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University (2001). In 2018, Dr. Pfordresher was a Fulbright Canada Research Chair at the CRBLM.

Current research topics include the sensorimotor bases of poor-pitch singing, the role of auditory feedback in music performance, cognitive mechanisms for retrieval of music during performance, and the interplay between melody and rhythm during perception and production. This research is used to better understand broader issues such as the relationship between perception and action and the degree of overlap in representations of music and language. Dr. Pfordresher is also interested in outreach to the community, leading to the development of the Seattle Singing Accuracy Protocol, with Steven Demorest (available online), and the textbook From Sound to Significance with Siu-Lan Tan and Rom Harré.


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