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