AFDA Durban Production Course Administrator, Elmarie Venter has had her article; ‘How and why actions are selected: Action selection and the dark room problem’ published in the prestigious international journal Kairos, Journal of Philosophy and Science based in Portugal.
“Publishing articles is a long, challenging journey. This paper was completed in 2014, I submitted it to a South African journal and was rejected. After polishing the paper, I submitted it to Kairos, an international journal based in Portugal, in May 2015. 11 months later, I have my first publication. Getting your first publication is a great feeling of achievement. It’s a rite of passage into academia and personally I think it is the difference between a student researcher and an academic researcher. I have used this research in my work for AFDA and look forward to incorporating it into the curriculum.” says Elmarie.
The paper explores a model of cognition that is making huge waves at the moment but there is a particular focus on action selection and the motivation behind our decision making. Our behavior is greatly influenced by the value of a reward we expect to receive when making a decision or selecting an action; that is the main claim of the paper. The research conducted for this paper is applicable to many fields including neuroeconomics, psychology and even narrative engagement theory.
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