Dr. Peter Harrison


  • Computational cognitive science
  • Statistical cognition
  • Auditory perception
  • Musical aesthetics



2015–2019PhD in Cognitive Science, Queen Mary, University of London
2014–2015MSc in Music, Mind & Brain, Goldsmiths, University of London
2010–2014BA in Music, University of Cambridge



Peter M. C. Harrison, Raja Marjieh, Federico Adolfi, Pol van Rijn, Manuel Anglada-Tort, Ofer Tchernichovski, Pauline Larrouy-Maestri, Nori Jacoby (2020). Gibbs Sampling with People. 34th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2020). https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.02595

Peter M. C. Harrison, Roberta Bianco, Maria Chait, Marcus T. Pearce (2020). PPM-Decay: A computational model of auditory prediction with memory decay. PLOS Computational Biology. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1008304

Ioanna Zioga, Peter M. C. Harrison, Marcus T. Pearce, Joydeep Bhattacharya, and Caroline Di Bernardi Luft (2020). Auditory but not audiovisual cues lead to higher neural sensitivity to the statistical regularities of an unfamiliar musical style. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01614

Daniel Müllensiefen, Peter M. C. Harrison (2020). The impact of music on adolescents’ cognitive and socio-emotional learning. The 'BrainCanDo' handbook of teaching and learning: Practical strategies to bring psychology and neuroscience into the classroom. Routledge.

Roberta Bianco, Peter M. C. Harrison, Mingyue Hu, Cora Bolger, Samantha Picken, Marcus T. Pearce, Maria Chait (2020). Long-term implicit memory for sequential auditory patterns in humans. 'eLife', 9, e56073. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.56073

Peter M. C. Harrison (2020). psychTestR: An R package for designing and conducting behavioural psychological experiments. Journal of Open Source Software, 5(49), 2088. https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.02088

Peter M. C. Harrison, Marcus T. Pearce (2020). Simultaneous consonance in music perception and composition. Psychological Review, 127(2), 216-244. https://doi.org/10.1037/rev0000169

Peter M. C. Harrison and Marcus T. Pearce (2020). A computational cognitive model for the analysis and generation of voice leadings. Music Perception, 37(3), 208-224.

Vincent Cheung, Peter M. C. Harrison, Lars Meyer, Marcus Pearce, John-Dylan Haynes, Stefan Koelsch (2019). Uncertainty and surprise jointly predict musical pleasure and amygdala, hippocampus, and auditory cortex activity. Current Biology, 29(23), 4084-4092.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.09.067

Ioanna Zioga, Peter M. C. Harrison, Marcus T. Pearce, Joydeep Bhattacharya, Caroline D. B. Luft (2019). From learning to creativity: Identifying the behavioural and neural correlates of learning to predict human judgements of musical creativity. Neuroimagehttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116311 

Rémi de Fleurian*, Peter M. C. Harrison*, Marcus T. Pearce*, David R. Quiroga-Martinez* (2019). Reward prediction tells us less than expected about musical pleasure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1913244116 *Equal contribution

Rebecca Gelding, Peter M. C. Harrison, Seb Silas, Blake W. Johnson, William Forde Thompson, Daniel Müllensiefen (2020). An efficient and adaptive test of auditory mental imagery. Psychological Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-020-01322-3

Pauline Larrouy-Maestri, Peter M. C. Harrison, Daniel Müllensiefen (2019). The Mistuning Perception Test: A new measurement instrument. Behavior Research Methods, 51(2), 663—675. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-019-01225-1

Peter M. C. Harrison (2018). Statistics and Experimental Design for Psychologists: A model comparison approach by Rory Allen (book review). PsyPAG Quarterly, 108. https://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/45946

Peter M. C. Harrison, Daniel Müllensiefen (2018). Development and validation of the Computerised Adaptive Beat Alignment Test (CA-BAT). Scientific Reports, 8. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-30318-8

Peter M. C. Harrison, Marcus T. Pearce (2018). Dissociating sensory and cognitive theories of harmony perception through computational modeling. Proceedings of ICMPC15/ESCOM10. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/wgjyv

Peter M. C. Harrison, Marcus T. Pearce (2018). An energy-based generative sequence model for testing sensory theories of Western harmony. Proceedings of the 19th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference. https://arxiv.org/abs/1807.00790

Peter M. C. Harrison, Tom Collins, Daniel Müllensiefen (2017). Applying modern psychometric techniques to melodic discrimination testing: Item response theory, computerised adaptive testing, and automatic item generation. Scientific Reports, 7. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-03586-z

Peter M. C. Harrison (2017). Mathemusical conversations: Mathematics and computation in music performance and composition. Empirical Musicology Review, 12(1—2). https://doi.org/10.18061/emr.v12i1-2

Peter M. C. Harrison, J. J. Musil, D. Müllensiefen (2016). Modelling melodic discrimination tests: Descriptive and explanatory approaches. Journal of New Music Research, 45(3), 265—280. https://doi.org/10.1080/09298215.2016.1197953

Daniel Müllensiefen, Peter M. C. Harrison, Francesco Caprini, Amy Fancourt (2015). Investigating the importance of self-theories of intelligence and musicality for students' academic and musical achievement. Frontiers in Psychology, 6. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01702

Auszeichnungen & Stipendien

2018£173,318 grant from Innovate UK, “Increasing AI adoption rates in the UK legal and high-value services sectors through use of AI microservices and behavioural change science”. Partnered with Legatics (https://www.legatics.com).
2018Jon Rasbash Prize for Quantitative Social Science, Centre for Multilevel Modelling, University of Bristol
2018Travel grant, Society for Education and Music Psychology Research
2016Best poster award, 7th Annual Conference of the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences
2015Doctoral studentship, EPSRC/AHRC doctoral training centre for Media & Arts Technology