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Dr. Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson


Cognitive Systems, Linguistics

Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

The Communicating Mind and Body

Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson was the Director of the Communication Dynamics Lab in the Linguistics department, as well as the Director of the Cognitive Systems program. His interests were in the structure, organization, and function of communicative expression in any form, but particularly language and music. Eric’s research focused on quantitative analyses of the observable attributes of the production and perception of spoken and musical performance and on computing the ubiquitous, but time-varying, coordination that exists within and between interacting individuals and is necessary in establishing and maintaining perceptibly stable and meaningful patterns of behavior. Eric was also one of the developers and instructors of the new UBC course ‘Challenging Language Myths’ (English/Linguistics 140).