Staff Information


Assistant Professor / Psychology Curriculum Coordinator





Steven R. Howell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor / Psychology Curriculum Coordinator

Department or Division: Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Office Location: Ward Hall - Room 307

Email: steven.howell@keystone.edu

Phone Number: (570) 945-8482

What makes Keystone special to me?
"At Keystone College, the excellent student to faculty ratio means that I can know all of my students, and have time to work individually with them to help unleash their full talents. Students can work in partnership with faculty on nationally-presented research as for-credit teaching assistants or research assistants, just as they eventually will in graduate school."


Areas of Specialization

  • Psycholinguistics and Cognitive Psychology, including the neural representations of semantics
  • Connectionist Modelling, especially back-propagation and recurrent networks
  • Conceptual development and categorization, from childhood up to the adult state
  • Psychology of personality and personality testing
  • Statistics & mathematics, especially analysis of high-dimensional spaces (e.g. Self-Organizing Map neural networks, Hierarchical cluster analysis, MDS, nonlinear and chaotic dynamics)
  • Coaching and Instructing in Foil Fencing 

Education

  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario: September 1998- August 2004 - Ph.D. in Psychology: Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Modelling
  • York University, Toronto, Ontario (1998) - Honours Major/Minor BA, Psychology/Sociology - Specializing in Interpersonal/Organizational Psychology.
  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario: September 1989 - August 1991 - Systems Design Engineering Program

Courses Taught

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Research Methods
  • Research Analysis
  • Senior Seminar
  • Evolutionary Psychology 

Academic Positions

  • Coordinator of General Education Assessment, Keystone College – August 2012-August 2013
  • Curriculum Coordinator, Psychology Major, Keystone College – August 2011 – Present
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology - Keystone College - August 2011 – Present
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Kutztown University - August 2007 – May 2011
  • Technical Manager, Princeton Laboratory for Experimental Social Science, May 2007 – Sep 2007 
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Albion College - August 2005 – December 2006
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, March 2004 – July 2005
  • Sessional Lecturer, Department of Psychology, McMaster University, June 2001 – August 2002 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Howell, S. R. and Becker, S. (2013). Grammar from the lexicon: Evidence from neural network simulations of language acquisition. In Bittner, D. and Ruhlig, N. (Eds.) Lexical Bootstrapping: The Role of Lexis and Semantics in Child Language Development. Gruyter, Walter de GmbH.
  • Howell, S.R., and Becker, S.  (2013). SRNEngine:  A Windows-based neural network simulation tool for the non-programmer.  In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.) Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, Tx:  Cognitive Science Society.
  • Karpowitz, C., Mendelberg, T., and Howell, S. R.(2009). Deliberation, Gender, and Speaking Behavior.  Proceedings of the 2009 Conference of the American Political Science Assocation, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Howell, S. R., Jankowicz, D., & Becker, S. (2005). A Model of Grounded Language Acquisition: Sensorimotor Features Improve Lexical and Grammatical Learning, Journal of Memory and Language, 53(2), 258-276. (Was 11th most downloaded article on ScienceDirect in the category Arts and Humanities, October to December 2005)
  • Howell, S. R., Becker, S., & Jankowicz, D. (2001).  Modelling Language Acquisition:  Lexical Grounding Through Perceptual Features. Proceedings of the Developmental and Embodied Cognition Conference, 2001
  • Howell, S. R. & Becker, S. (2001).  Modelling Language Acquisition: Grammar From the Lexicon?  Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 2001.
  • Howell, S. R. & Becker, S. (2000).  Modelling Language Acquisition at Multiple Temporal Scales.  Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 2000. 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

  • Howell, S. R. and Browne, C. M. (2014).  First Contact:  An interactive classroom exercise to simulate a first encounter with speakers of an unknown language.  Presented at the 36th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, January 3-6, 2014.
  • Barton, W., Pollack, B. and Howell, S. R. (2014).  Building algebraic competency in undergraduate statistics courses with “expanded-formula” sample spreadsheets that allow interactive changes.  Presented at the 36th annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, January 3-6, 2014.
  • Howell, S.R. (2013).   Grounding words in meaning indirectly: A connectionist model of the propagation of grounding, presented at the 6th Annual Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference, July 29th to 31st, 2013.
  • Howell, S.R., Shaker, L., Karpowitz, C., and Mendelberg, T. (2013). Automated Verbal Behavior Analysis Using Amplitude Thresholds, presented at the 25th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 23-26, 2013.
  • Howell, S.R., Gething, A. G. and Karhnak, M. J. (2013).  An Interactive Demonstration of the Concept of Standard Error of the Mean, presented at the Teaching Institute of the 25th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 23-26, 2013.
  • Barton, W., and Howell, S.R. (2013).  Familial pressure, but not religious pressure, reduces willingness to engage in short term mating, presented at the 25th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 23-26, 2013.
  • Howell, S. R., and Karhnak, M. J. (2013). A proposal for vertical urban farming in North-East Pennsylvania using vacant city-center multi-story buildings, presented at the Sixth Annual IPPEC Northeastern Pennsylvania Faculty and Student Research Symposium, April 23, 2013.
  • Ryan, R. S., Howell, S. R., Shaw, H. A., Kappus, D. W., Wilde, M. E., Crist, S. L. (2010).  Using interleaved examples to teach inferential statistics, presented at the 1st Annual PASSHE Potluck Psychology Conference, Indiana, PA, Oct, 2010
  • Howell, S. R., Karpowitz, C., and Mendelberg, T. (Accepted).  A method for computer processing of small group verbal behavior, 22nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, 2010.
  • Ryan, R.S., Howell, S. R., Shaw, H.A. (2010).  Does interleaving rather than blocking facilitate learning examples in statistics? presented at the 22nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, 2010.
  • Karpowitz, C., Mendelberg, T. and Howell, S. R. (2010). Deliberation, Gender, and Speaking Behavior,  Presented at the NYU Experiments Conference, NYU, Feb 5-6, 2010.
  • Jankowicz, D., Becker, S. & Howell, S. R. (2003). Modelling Category-Specific Deficits using Topographic, Corpus-Derived Representations.  Poster presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, B.C., November 6-9 2003.
  • Jankowicz, D., Becker, S., & Howell, S. R. (2003). A model of sensorimotor grounding in lexical learning. Presented at the Behavior, Brain, and Cognitive Sciences Conference, Hamilton, Ontario, 2003.
  • Howell, S. R., Becker, S., & Jankowicz, D. (2003). A model of sensorimotor grounding in lexical learning. Presented at the Behavior, Brain, and Cognitive Sciences Conference, Hamilton, Ontario, 2003.
  • Jankowicz, D., Becker, S., & Howell, S. (2003). Modeling category-specific deficits using topographic, corpus-derived representations. Presented at the Conference of the Southern Ontario Neuropsychology Group, St. Catherines, Ontario, 2003.
  • Howell, S. R., Schmidt, L., Trainor, L., Santesso, D. L. (2002). Neural Network Categorization of Emotion in Infant Directed and Adult Directed Speech.  Proceedings of the International Society for Infant Studies Conference, 2002
  • Howell, S. R., Schmidt, L. (2002). Neural Network Categorization of EEG Measurements of Infant Emotional States.  Proceedings of the International Society for Infant Studies Conference, 2002
  • Howell, S. R. (1999) Gender Differences in Relationship Conflict: The Role of Self-Construal.  Presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.
  • McKinnon-Doan, H. & Howell, S. R. (1998). Antecedents to Parenthood - A.  Presented at the Canadian Psychological Association National Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • McKinnon-Doan, H. & Howell, S. R. (1998). Antecedents to Parenthood - B.  Presented at the Canadian Psychological Association National Conference, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • McKinnon-Doan, H., Zimmerman, A. & Howell, S. R. (1997). Antecedents to Parenthood - Preliminary Results.  Presented at the Canadian Psychological Association National Conference, Toronto, Ontario

 

Invited Talks

  • June 2001.  Invited Speaker, Symposium on Language and Memory, Canadian Society for Brain and Behavioral Sciences Conference 2001. Symposium Organizer: Dr. Ken McCrae. 

Forthcoming and In Preparation

  • Benscoter, C., and Howell, S.R. (Submitted).  The Effect of Gender and Relationship Status on the Willingness to Engage in Cheating Behavior.,  to be presented at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, August 7-10th, Washington, DC.
  • Piazza, E., and Howell, S.R. (Submitted).  Negative Social and Psychological Effects of Having a Tattoo in Society Today, to be presented at the 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 23-26, 2013.
  • Cady, A., Charnogursky, K., and Howell, S.R. (Submitted). The Effects of Gender on the Incidence and Intensity of Cyber-Bullying, to be presented at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, August 7-10th, Washington, DC.
  • Howell, S. R.,  Schumacker, J., Mummert, A.,  Bukowski, A., and Benscoter, C.  (In preparation).  Life Legacies; An objective method of recording personalities and accumulated wisdom.
  • Ryan, R., and Howell, S. R. (In preparation).  Category Induction of Statistical Tests required for real-world research scenarios: The effect of interleaved versus blocked training.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
  • Howell, S. R., Mendelberg, T., and Karpowitz, C. (In preparation).  Methodology for multi-track recording and semi-automatic transcription of small group deliberations.  Behavior Research Methods, Instrumentation, and Computers.
  • Howell, S. R., Joanisse, M., and Seidenberg, M.S. (In Revision).  Impairments in verb morphology after brain injury:  A connectionist model using distributed semantics.
  • Howell, S. R., MacDonald, M. M., and Seidenberg, M. S. (In Revision).  Learning noun syntactic classes from semantic representations
  • Howell, S. R. & Becker, S. (In Revision). SRNEngine: A Windows-based neural network simulation tool for the non-programmer. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers 

Research-Related Software and Technical Products

  • Fall, 2010 – Speaker-Identification and Integration V1.0, software utility for automated integration of multi-speaker speech recordings and the resulting human-transcribed text, including automatic speaker identification.
  • Fall, 2009 – Verbal Behavior Analysis V1.7, application software for automated analysis of audio recordings of small group speaking and deliberation behavior.
  • Summer, 2009 – Life Legacies V1.2 – Software application for the guidance and audio and video recording of structured Life Legacies personality and wisdom archiving interviews.
  • Spring, 2009 – SRNEngine Neural Network Modelling software, Version 2.0, Full application environment for design, simulation, and analysis of neural network simulations of neural behavior.  Major upgrade from version 1.0, including Tutorial, User Guide, and Reference Manual.

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