Dr. Strain

Answering the question, "What was I thinking?"

using the LIDA Cognitive Model





Dr. Stephen F. Strain 

Assistant Professor of Teaching 
Department of Biomedical Engineering  
 (901) 678-3733

Research interests: cognitive science, artificial general intelligence, computational modeling of medical diagnosis, computational modeling of chess-related cognition


BA, Physics, Columbia College at Columbia University, New York, NY 1987

MD, ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN 1999

MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Memphis, 2009

Brief Research Summary:

Upon receiving my bachelor's degree, I pursued one year of graduate studies in physics at Columbia University. Before beginning medical school in 1995, I served as a lab assistant to Dr. John Martin and Dr. Claude Ghez at Columbia University's Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, where I assisted in studies of the neural control of reaching movements in cats. After medical school, I completed an accelerated residency in family medicine at ETSU Kingsport in 2001. After a brief stint in clinical medicine, I worked as medicolegal consultant in Nashville. Upon returning to Memphis in 2007, I began graduate studies in biomedical engineering, obtaining the MS in 2009. My ongoing doctoral studies with Dr. Amy Curry and Dr. Stan Franklin have examined the application of Dr. Franklin's LIDA Model of Cognition (see https://ccrg.cs.memphis.edu) to medical diagnosis and chess-related cognition. Parallel interests relate to the role of brain rhythms in human cognition, the status of cognitive science with respect to its core principles, and arguments for the inclusion of biological conceptions of cognition into mainstream cognitive science. Due to Dr. Franklin's passing in early 2023, completion of my doctoral work has been postponed. As a result of my publications with Dr. Franklin, I have an Erdős number of 3. I am the faculty sponsor of the UM Chess Club.