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Steven R. Howell, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology and Computer Science

Social and Behavioral Sciences  |  Turock School of Arts and Sciences

Harris Hall 301A


Education – Degrees & Certifications

  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario: September 1998- August 2004 – Ph.D. in Psychology: Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Modelling
  • York University, Toronto, Ontario (1998) – Honors Major/Minor BA, Psychology/Sociology – Specializing in Interpersonal/Organizational Psychology.
  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario: September 1989 – August 1991 – Systems Design Engineering Program
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Research Methods
  • Research Analysis
  • Senior Seminar
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • 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
  • 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 Association, 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).
  • Coordinator of General Education Assessment, Keystone College; August 2012-August 2013</li>
  • 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