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Dr. Peter Q. Pfordresher
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Office: 355 Park Hall
Phone: (716) 645-3650 x. 142
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Summary of Research Interests:

I am interested in the way in which the mind organizes sequences of events in real time during production and perception. I am particularly interested in musical behaviors and the degree to which music shares cognitive and neural resources with other sequential behaviors such as language. Specific research programs include the way in which people use the sounds they create (auditory feedback) to maintain fluency in production, individual differences in the vocal imitation of pitch, the role of memory retrieval in production, and the way in which sequence structure guides the perception of sequences.

Representative Publications:

  • Pfordresher, P. Q., Palmer, C., & Jungers, M. (in press). Speed, accuracy, and serial order in sequence production. Cognitive Science.
  • Pfordresher, P. Q., & Palmer, C. (2006). Effects of hearing the past, present, or future during music performance. Perception & Psychophysics, 68, 362-376.
  • Pfordresher, P. Q. (2005). Auditory feedback in music performance: The role of melodic structure and musical skill. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 31, 1331-1345.
  • Pfordresher, P.Q. (2003b). Auditory feedback in music performance: Evidence for a dissociation of sequencing and timing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 29, 949-964.
  • Pfordresher, P.Q. (2003a). The role of melodic and rhythmic accents in musical structure. Music Perception, 20, 431-464.
  • Palmer, C., & Pfordresher, P.Q. (2003). Incremental planning in sequence production. Psychological Review, 110, 683712.


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