Peter Pfordresher


Peter Pfordresher.

Peter Pfordresher


Peter Pfordresher


Research Interests

Sensorimotor integration in sequence production; singing accuracy; the role of auditory feedback in production; the relationship between music and language

Contact Information

206B Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-4110

Phone: (716) 645-0234


  • PhD, Ohio State University

Current Research

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 sensorimotor interactions that occur during the production of complex sequences such as music and speech. 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.

Selected Publications


  • Pfordresher, P. Q. (2019). Sound and action in music performance. San Diego, CA: Elsevier and Academic Press.
  • Tan, S. L., Pfordresher, P. Q., & Harré, R. (2018). Psychology of music: From sound to significance (2nd Edition). London: Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Pfordresher, P. Q., & Nolan, N. P. (2019). Testing convergence between singing and music perception accuracy. Auditory Perception & Cognition, 2, 67-81
  • Greenspon, E. B., & Pfordresher, P. Q. (2019). Pitch specific contributions of auditory imagery and auditory memory in vocal pitch imitation. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 81, 2473-2481
  • Pfordresher, P. Q., & Chow, K. (2019). A cost of musical training? Sensorimotor flexibility in musical sequence learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 26, 967-973.
  • Pruitt, T. A., Halpern, A. R., & Pfordresher, P. Q. (2019). Covert singing in anticipatory auditory imagery. Psychophysiology, 56, e13297.
  • Demorest, S. D., Nichols, B. E., & Pfordresher, P. Q. (2018). The effect of focused instruction on young children's singing accuracy. Psychology of Music, 46, 488-499.
  • Greenspon, E. B., Pfordresher, P. Q., & Halpern, A. R. (2017). Pitch imitation ability in mental transformations of melodies. Music Perception, 35, 585-604.
  • Pfordresher, P. Q. & Brown, S. (2017). Vocal mistuning reveals the origin of musical scales. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 29, 35-52.
  • Belyk, M., Pfordresher, P. Q., Liotti, M., & Brown, S. (2016). The neural basis of vocal pitch imitation in humans.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28, 621-635.
  • Jebb, A. T., & Pfordresher, P. Q. (2016). Exploring perception-action relations in music production: The asymmetric effert of tonal class. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42, 658-670.
  • Pfordresher, P. Q., & Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2015). On drawing a line through the spectrogram: How do we understand deficits of vocal pitch imitation? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 271.
  • Pruitt, T. A., & Pfordresher, P. Q. (2015). The role of auditory feedback in speech and song. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41, 152-166.
  • Demerost, S. M., & Pfordresher, P. Q., (2015). Singing accuracy development from K-adult: A comparative study. Music Perception, 32, 293-302.
  • Pfordresher, P. Q., Mantell, J. T., Brown, S., Zivadinov, R., & Cox, J., L. (2014). Brain responses to altered auditory feedback during musical keyboard production: An fMRI study. Brain Research, 1556, 28-37.
  • Pfordresher, P. Q., & Mantell, J. T. (2014). Singing with yourself: Evidence for an inverse modeling account of poor-pitch singing. Cognitive Psychology, 70, 31-57.
  • Pfordresher, P. Q., & Halpern, A. R. (2013). Auditory imagery and the poor-pitch singer. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 747-753.