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Sofiia Rappe, M.Sc.

Sofiia Rappe, M.Sc.

PhD Student

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Short Biography

Sofiia holds an MSc degree in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition from the University of Edinburgh and an HBSc degree in linguistics and mathematics from the University of Toronto. During her undergraduate studies, Sofiia was a research assistant at Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab and Consciousness and Wisdom Studies Lab, as well as a laboratory manager at the latter. Sofiia wrote her MSc thesis on predictive processing and language under the supervision of Dr. Andy Clark. As a Neurophilosophy PhD student at the Graduate School of Systemic Neuroscience (GSN) at LMU Munich, Sofiia is further exploring her interest in predictive processing by trying to answer the question of whether predictive processing, as a unifying framework of cognition, perception, and action, can accommodate conscious thought.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of mind/cognitive science
  • Predictive processing
  • Consciousness
  • Metacognition
  • Categorization
  • Concept formation
  • Object perception

Current Project

Sofiia's PhD project investigates the possibility of extension of the predictive processing framework to higher-order cognitive processes and, in particular, the relationship between approximate Bayesian inference, conscious thought, and its phenomenology.

Recent Talks

  • 07/2019. Prediction and Efficient Language Processing, York University Neurology Research Association
  • 03/2019. Predictive Processing and Conscious Though, Modelling Consciousness Workshop, Dorfgastein, Austria
  • 02/2019. Predictive Processing 101: Implications and Applications, University of Toronto Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence Students Association
  • 02/2019. Predictive Processing 101: Cognition, University of Toronto Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence Students Association
  • 01/2019. Predictive Processing 101: Action, University of Toronto Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence Students Association
  • 01/2019. Predictive Processing 101: Perception, University of Toronto Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence Students Association
  • 06/2018. Predictive Language Processing and the Now-or-Never Bottleneck, Language @ Edinburgh Lunch (Poster)
  • 01/2018. The Trouble with Metaphors, The University of Edinburgh Mind and Cognition Group
  • 03/2017. On Metaphor, Confluence: Merging Streams, University of Toronto Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence Students Association Undergraduate Conference