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Alexander Demos, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Social & Personality


Building & Room:

1018A BSB


1007 W Harrison Street

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4459


My research concerns the sensorimotor processes that underlie human communication. In particular, I am interested how people respond to the sound of another’s actions, reacting to their expressive intentions and spontaneously synchronizing with their movements. I take an eclectic approach, drawing on theories from music cognition, dynamical systems, motor control, speech perception and speech gestures; I employ a range of statistical tools (mixed effects models, circular statistics, dyadic analysis, longitudinal and time-series methods, bootstrapping); and I draw from several areas of applied mathematics (signal processing, fractals, non-linear dynamical systems, and surrogate methods). I have used these techniques to examine how people coordinate their movements with each other and to examine the complex web of relationships between music, movement, and sound.


PhD, University of Connecticut; Storrs, CT, 2013

MA, New York University; New York, NY, 2006

BA, New York University; New York, NY, 2003