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I am a researcher in the research training group Situated Cognition at Ruhr Universitat Bochum. My research interests are cross-disciplinary given my training in Philosophy, Psychology, and Cognitive Science.

In my graduate research, I explored the role of neuroeconomics in the predictive processing framework of cognition. The research contributed to a peer reviewed publication in Kairos Journal of Philosophy & Science. The predictive processing framework is further explored in my doctoral research on perception of the self-as-subject.

academic employment

2017
> Ruhr Universitat Bochum
– Researcher

> AFDA South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance
– Head of Production Course
– Researcher

2016
> AFDA South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance
– Head of Production Course
– Textbook Author

2015
> AFDA South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance
– Textbook Author

> University of Zululand
– Lecturer
Courses taught:
– Introduction to Philosophy 1st year level
– Political Philosophy 1st year level
– Philosophy of Language 3rd year level

> AFDA South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance
– Guest lecturer for 3rd year Production Course.
Topic: Human behaviour and psychological types

> AFDA South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance
– Panelist on 3rd year VALA Experimental Film presentations

2014
> University of KwaZulu-Natal
– Philosophy tutor: Introduction to Philosophy

2013
> University of KwaZulu-Natal
– Research assistant to Prof. David Spurrett

> University of KwaZulu-Natal
– Philosophy tutor: Introduction to Philosophy

research

Education
PhD Candidate (Cognitive Science)
Ruhr Universitat Bochum (2017-)
Title:
Perceiving Agents: Situated Theories of Perception
Description:
This project assumes the predictive coding framework as a background assumption in the investigation of central features of perception, namely the place and nature of the perceiving agent in its capacity to perceive itself and to perceive other agents. Given that predictive coding provides a popular explanatory framework for perception, this project explores how it can also be applied to self-perception and social perception. In this context, theories of situated perception and cognition, especially their characterization of the cognitive agent (or subject or self), will importantly inform the discussion.

Master of Arts (Philosophy/Cognitive Science)
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (2014)
MA thesis title: A critical engagement with Clark’s account of the role of motivation in a Bayesian information processing model of the brain
Mark: 73%

Bachelor of Arts Honours (Philosophy)
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (2013)
Aggregate: 65%

Bachelor of Arts (Majors: Philosophy and Psychology)
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (2010-2012)

Publications
PAPERS:
Venter, E. 2016. How and why actions are selected: action selection and the dark room problem. Kairos. 15 

Papers in preparation (selected)
The Role of Perceiver in the Predictive Processing Framework

Papers presented (and forthcoming) at conferences

‘Expecting the Self: Investigating Accuracy Conditions for Perceptual Experience’, poster presentation at Workshop on Self, Memory, and the Unconscious Mind: Bochum, Germany. February 2018

‘Perceiving Agents: The Self and Other‘, presented at Workshop on Agent-Specificities and Relations in Social Interactions: Cologne, Germany. February 2018

‘Predictive coding, perceptual content, and the experiencing subject’, presented in collaboration with Dr. Prof. Tobias Schlicht at Designed Minds Symposium: Edinburgh, Scotland. November 2017

‘Expecting the Self: Investigating Accuracy Conditions for Perceptual Experience‘, poster presentation at Expecting Ourselves: Prediction, Action, and the Embodied Mind First Project Workshop. Edinburgh, Scotland. November 2017

Self-as-subject in the Predictive Coding Framework‘, poster presentation at Philosophy of Language and Mind Conference: Bochum, Ruhr Universität. September 2017

The neural representation of subjective value under conditions of uncertainty and risk‘, presented at A Highly Desirable Symposium: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban. June 2016

Philosophy of cognitive science: a measuring stick for cognitive scientists’, presented at the annual conference of the Philosophical Society of South Africa: University of Fort Hare, East London. January 2016

On the right track: a novel approach to the cognitive processes involved in moral judgments’, presented at the Spring Philosophy Colloquium: University of Cape Town, Cape Town. September 2015.

The neural correlates of moral judgment’, co-presented at the 10th Annual Postgraduate Philosophy Association Conference: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. July 2015

How and why actions are selected: action selection and the dark room problem’, presented at the annual conference of the Philosophical Society of South Africa: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth. January 2015.

Action selection in the predictive processing account’, presented atthe Spring Philosophy Colloquium: University of Western Cape, Cape Town. September 2014.

‘A Naturalist account of motivational influence on Bayesian information processing’, presented at the 9thAnnual Postgraduate Philosophy Association Conference: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban. July 2014.

‘A Naturalist account of motivational influence on Bayesian information processing’, presented at the 2ndAnnual Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa: University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg. April 2014.

Cognitive architecture: Comments on Kim Sterelny’s Position’, presented at the College of Humanities 2nd Annual Postgraduate Conference and Staff Research Colloquium: University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban. October 2013.

The importance of philosophical counselling’, presented at The 8th Annual Postgraduate Philosophy Association Conference: Monash University, Johannesburg. April 2013.

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