Stéphanie Walsh Matthews

Stéphanie Walsh Matthews
Ryerson University · Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


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August 2007 - present
Ryerson University
  • Professor (Associate)


Publications (23)
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Ritual knots are symmetrical crisscrossing designs that appear in distant cultures around the world. Their independent emergence is plausibly due to shared features of human cognition and experience that such patterns represent. Since empirical investigation of this possibility is lacking in the literature, our aim is to open up this research area....
Lab Study Script and Protocols for manual tracing study using Tibetan knot pattern (Prime) and asymmetrical pattern (Anti-prime) and Control (non-tracing).
Core data sets analyzed for Studies 1 and 2 in "Testing symmetrical knot tracing for cognitive priming effects rules out analytic analogy". Note: In keeping with Ryerson University Research Ethics Board protocol #REB 2017-065, data sets are fully anonymized, revealing coded values only and removing all personal information and metadata peripheral...
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a powerful new form of inquiry unto human cognition that has obvious implications for semiotic theories, practices, and modeling of mind, yet, as far as can be determined, it has hardly attracted the attention of semioticians in any meaningful analytical way. AI aims to model and thus penetrate mentality in a...
Second of two special issues on Algirdas Greimas published in 219 of Semiotica.
Yearbook of the Semiotic Society of America
How did the Semiotic Animal come to be? Do semiotic analyses of possible evolutionary trajectories allow us to understand how the Semiotic Animal developed a need for meaning in its life? This paper discusses what role built environments have on semiosis and how they might impact on what can be called semiotic fitness over time. Through the lens of...
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Front matter (Masthead, Preface and Table of Contents) for 2014 Yearbook of the Semiotic Society of America. xiv, 694 pp. To find signs of paradox, we need do little more than the odd thought experiment: briefly consider the (irreconcilable) implications of an utterance like “This statement is false” for instance. But signs of paradox range far be...
Canada’s relationship to semiotics has been one of engagement, isolation, continued interest, and convergence. Semiotics in Canada has existed for a considerable period of time and, recently, has made itself a niche in the academic landscape by focusing on applications in three specific fields-forensics, robotics, and mathematics. Through our surve...


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Projects (8)
Through this research we have observed and analysed the language practices of children with ASD as they interact with small humanoid robots. Our goal is to help build a language database of children's utterances as well as understand the role and impact of robotic interaction in the production of speech.