Keystone faculty member presents at international conferences

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Posted: 08/15/2013

Steven HowellLa Plume – Dr. Steve R. Howell, assistant professor of psychology at Keystone College, recently presented at two international conferences in Berlin, Germany.

At the 2013 Embodied and Situated Language Processing Conference, Dr. Howell presented his research into semantic meaning entitled “Grounding words in meaning indirectly – A connectionist model of the propagation of grounding.”

Dr. Howell also presented his work in simulating neural networks, entitled “SRNEngine: A Windows-based neural network simulation tool for the non-programmer” at the 35th annual 2013 Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. 

The 2012-2013 academic year proved to be particularly productive for Dr. Howell, with a total of seven presentations or publications, three of which featured Keystone College students as co-authors. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he is also developing a new course based on simulation software to teach senior students to develop models of human cognition.

A member of Keystone’s faculty since 2011, Dr. Howell received a doctorate degree in cognitive psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  He currently serves as the curriculum coordinator for the psychology major in Keystone’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and teaches a variety of courses including personality psychology, cognitive psychology, statistics for the social and behavioral sciences, and research design and analysis. Dr. Howell’s research is in cognitive modeling and cognitive neuroscience, especially models of language acquisition in children and computers.