Associate Professor Peter Keller
Room no: 1.1.63
Building: 1
Campus: UWS Bankstown (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)
Phone no.: +61 2 9772 6722

Research Program Leader: Music Cognition and Action


Peter Keller conducts research that is aimed at understanding the behavioural and brain bases of human interaction in musical contexts. His specific interests include the cognitive and motor processes that enable ensemble musicians to coordinate with one another.

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

He has 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 Music Cognition and Action group from 2007 until 2012.

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 Fellowship, 2015-2019

Keller, P.E.

Full Publications

For a full listing of my publications please see my personal publications page.

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