Professor Peter Keller


Director of Research

Research Program Leader: Music Cognition and Action


Peter Keller is Professor of Cognitive Science, and Director of Research at MARCS. His research aims at understanding the behavioural and brain bases of human interaction in musical contexts, specifically, the sensory-motor and cognitive processes that enable ensemble musicians to coordinate with one another.

Peter has served as Editor of the interdisciplinary journal 'Empirical Musicology Review' (2010-2012) and as a member of the Editorial Board at 'Advances in Cognitive Psychology' (2005-2015). He is currently an Associate Editor at 'Royal Society Open Science' and a Consulting Editor for 'Music Perception' and 'Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain'.

Peter has previously held research positions at Haskins Laboratories (New Haven, USA), the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research (Munich, Germany), and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig, Germany), where he led the Max Planck Research Group for Music Cognition and Action.

Research Interests

  • Musical ensemble coordination
  • Sensorimotor synchronization
  • Musical imagery
  • Motor control in music performance
  • Musical improvisation

Qualifications and Honours

  • Bachelor of Music (University of New South Wales, Australia), 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts: Psychology (University of New South Wales, Australia), 1995
  • PhD Psychology (University of New South Wales, Australia), 2001
  • Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship, Durham University, UK, 2014
  • Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2015-2019

Full Publications

For a full listing of my publications please see my personal publications page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Peter
Phone+61 2 9772 6722