ALEXANDER DEMOS, PHD

Visiting Assistant Professor


Education:

Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 2013

M.A., New York University, New York, NY, 2006

B.A., New York University, New York, NY, 2003

Research Interests:

Music Performance; Synchronization; Motor Control; Dynamical systems

Statement of Research Interests:

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. 
 
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contact information

Office: 1018A BSB 285
Phone: 312-996-4459
Fax: 312-413-4122
E-mail: ademos@uic.edu