Petri Toiviainen is a professor of music at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He studies the dynamics of music cognition, in particular the interactions between the acoustic, corporeal, and neural modalities during musical activities, such as performance, listening, and dancing. To this end, he and his team use an interdisciplinary approach, combining methods of musicology, experimental psychology, movement science, neuroscience, and computer science, and use methods of computational music analysis, optical motion capture, brain imaging, and machine learning. A distinguishing aspect of his team's is the use of a naturalistic paradigm, which utilizes real musical stimuli combined with computational music analysis (Music Information Retrieval) to study the embodiments and neural correlates of music processing. He has been the leader of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research and currently holds an Academy Professorship awarded by the Academy of Finland.