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Allison Howard

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program

Ph.D., Psychology, University of Georgia, 2014

M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia, 2010

B.A., Biology, Appalachian State University, 2004

B.S., Spanish, Appalachian State University, 2004

Research Interests:

Dr. Howard is an educator and researcher specializing in undergraduate psychology education with a focus on virtual, augmented, and mixed reality content. Her Virtual Perception Laboratory uses tools such as Oculus, Meta, HoloLens, and other advanced technologies to illustrate complex psychological concepts to her students. Dr. Howard is particularly interested in the ways in which these technologies can be ethically and equitably accessed by all students and how students themselves can engage in active learning processes to create their own extended reality (XR) content. This content creation process empowers students to develop valuable technological skills and to understand course material more deeply. 

Dr. Howard teaches undergraduate courses on the cognitive and perceptual worlds of nonhuman animals and on the intersections between psychology and the climate crisis. Her past research has incorporated spatial analyses, field and laboratory experiments, and behavioral observations to understand cognition and movement processes in nonhuman primates. 


Selected Publications:

Howard, A., Bernardes, S. (in press). Virtual Perception and the Accessible Implementation of VR/AR Technology in Psychology Education. In Ethical Considerations of Virtual Reality in the College Classroom: Cross-Disciplinary Case Studies of Immersive Technology. Routledge Publishing.

Howard, A., & Mundry, R. (2021). Processing Geospatial Data in R: a primer. GPS and GIS for Primatologists: A Practical Guide to Spatial Analysis. Cambridge University Press.

Howard, A., (2021). Image Processing and Analysis Methods: Species Distribution Modeling and Remote Sensing. Manual of Remote Sensing, 4th edition.

Howard, A., Mainali, K., Fagan, W. F., Visalberghi, E., Izar, P., Jones, C., & Fragaszy, D. (2018). Foraging and inter‐individual distances of bearded capuchin monkeys. American Journal of Primatology, 80(8), e22900.

Fagan W. F., Gurarie, E., Bewick, S., Howard, A., Cantrell, S., & Cosner, C. (2017). Perceptual Ranges, Information Gathering, and Foraging Success in Dynamic Landscapes. The American Naturalist, 189(5): 000-000.

Howard, A., Nibbelink, N., Bernardes, S., Madden, M., & Fragaszy, D. M. (2015). Remote sensing and habitat mapping for bearded capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus): Landscapes for the use of stone tools. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 9 (1), 096020- 096020, doi:10.1117/1.JRS.9.096020.

Howard, A., Nibbelink, N., Young, L. A., Bernardes, S., Madden, M., & Fragaszy, D. M. (2015). Landscape influences on the natural and artificially manipulated movements of bearded capuchin monkeys. Animal Behaviour, 106, 59-70.

Howard, A., Fragaszy, D. M. (2014). Multi-step Routes of Capuchin Monkeys in a Laser Pointer Traveling Salesman Task. American Journal of Primatology. 76: 828-841.

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Articles Featuring Allison Howard

Congratulations to Dr. Allison Howard who was recently awarded a Learning Technologies Grant from the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning in collaboration with Dr. Sergio Bernardes and Dr. Marguerite Madden from the UGA Center for Geospatial Research. …

Dr. Allison Howard has received a Learning Technology Grant from the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning! The grant will cover a classroom set of virtual reality headsets, two augmented reality headsets, and a computer system to support development of virtual…

Dr. Allison Howard just received the Office of Sustainability Faculty mini-grant to support her teaching and enhance her classes with virtual reality using two Oculus Go. The Office of Sustainability gives these mini-grants with the objective of…

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