Petri Toiviainen is a professor at the University of Jyväskylä whose research interests are in the areas of music research, psychology, computational data analysis and systemic and cognitive neuroscience. Professor Toiviainen is Director of the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of systematic musicology, specializing in the modelling of music cognition and computational methods of music analysis. His research is applied in the context of music therapy, music education and in the playing of music.
Professor Toiviainen’s research plan “The Dynamics of Music Cognition” is multidisciplinary in its orientation, combining basic research and methodological development with practical applications, such as hardware construction and modelling. His aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the role of the body and the brain in music perception. To do this he is studying the correlations between musical feature dynamics, corporeal dynamics and neural dynamics as well as the relationship between music processing and the listener characteristics. Another area of interest is the connection between embodiments of music and neural processing of music. It is believed this research will increase knowledge about the mechanisms involved in embodied and cerebral processing of music, and particularly the role of the motor system in perceiving and enjoying music.