Serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Psychology Department for both the Psychology major and the Neuroscience and Behavior major (the BA in the College of Arts & Letters), Dr. Venter's focus is on teaching, advising, and administering the undergraduate major. Dr. Venter teaches Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, a senior seminar on the self, as well as interdisciplinary courses examining the relationship between the built environment and human experience. In addition, he leads study abroad experiences to South Africa examining racism within the socio-political and historical context of the apartheid system. Trained as a social psychologist, Dr. Venter's interests focus on understanding the self - what it is and what it does. Thus, for example, he has examined the manner in which factors such as the affective quality and the valence of interactional outcomes influence how we form impressions of and judge other people. More recently, he examined the issue of self-complexity as a buffer against stress and depression in student-athletes when faced with forced retirement from athletics.
Sullivan, M.P., & Venter, A. (2010). Defining “Heroes” through Deductive and Inductive Investigations. Journal of Social Psychology, 150: 5, 471 – 484.
Michael Y. Lau, George S. Howard, Scott E. Maxwell, & Anre' Venter. (2009). Does Psi Exist? A Bayesian Approach to Assessing Psi Ganzfeld Data? European Journal of Parapsychology.
Howard, G. S., Lau, M. Y., Maxwell, M. E., Venter, A., Lundy, R., & Sweeny, R.M. (2009). Do Research Literatures Give Correct Answers? Review of General Psychology.
Sullivan, M.P., & Venter, A. (2005). The Hero Within: Inclusion of Heroes into the Self. Self and Identity, Vol 4(2), 101-111.
Venter, A., Maxwell, S.E., & Bolig, E. (2002). Power in randomized group comparisons: The value of adding a single intermediate timepoint to a traditional pretest-posttest design. Psychological Methods, Vol. 7, No. 2, 194-209.
Venter, A. (2008), Self versus Other, Us versus Them: The Self as Root of Conflict. In R.E. Osborne & P. Kriese (Eds.), Global Community: Global Security. Value Inquiry Book Series Editions: Rodopi, Amsterdam: The Netherlands.
Zhu, W., & Venter, A. (2006). Analyzing data from Large and Small Data Sets. In T. M. Wood & W. Zhu (Eds.), Measurement Issues and Practice in Physical Activity. Human Kinetics Publishers.
Venter, A., & Maxwell, S.E. (2000). Issues in the Use of Multiple Regression Analysis. In H.E.A. Tinsley & S. Brown (Eds.), Handbook of Applied Multivariate Statistics and Mathematical Modeling: A Comprehensive Guide for Applied researchers in the Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Academic Press.
Venter, A., & Maxwell, S.E (1999). Maximizing Power in Randomized Designs When Sample Size is Small. In R. Hoyle (Ed.), Statistical Strategies for Small Sample Research, (pp. 31 –58) Thousand Oaks: CA. Sage Publications, Inc.