PhD students

Richa Nigam []

Supervisor: Dr. Bhoomika R. Kar

Richa belongs to Allahabad. She did her Masters in Cognitive Science from Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad and joined the doctoral program at CBCS in 2013. She is working on “Cognitive Aging and Emotion Regulation” in which she is looking at affective bias, proactive control and emotion regulation strategies as a function of aging. She uses psychophysical methods and Experience Sampling. She also has experience working with special population i e., dementia and related disorders, and dyslexia. She has conducted an EEG/ERP and an fMRI study as part of the DST funded project on neural mechanisms of affective control.

Dhrubajyoti Sharma []

Supervisor: Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan

Dhrubajyoti Sarma is from Guwahati, his core degrees are in Engineering Biotechnology and Cognitive Science. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at CBCS, investigating the phenomenology of how we take control of our own actions i.e. Sense of Agency. His other research interests are emotion, voluntary actions, tangible and intangible perception, time consciousness and change blindness. He employs psychophysics and behavioural studies as a tool for his research. He likes to doodle in his free time and has a special interest in folk cultures.

Amita Basu []

Supervisor: Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan

Amita Basu is from Bangalore has an MSc in Psychology from Bangalore University. She joined the doctoral program at CBCS in 2014. She is studying the valuation and discounting of non monetary outcomes by risk and by delay. She does experiments in the framework of behavioral economics.

Garima Joshi []Supervisor: Dr. Bhoomika R. Kar

Garima did her Masters in Cognitive science from CBCS and joined the doctoral program at CBCS in 2014. Her doctoral work focuses on how anxiety modulates dynamic adjustments in cognitive control by investigating these mechanisms in trait anxious young adults and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) patients to study their cognitive control processes. She uses questionnaires, psychophysical experiments and EEG/ERP for her studies.

Saravanapriyan T. []

Supervisor: Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan

Saravana did his Masters in Cognitive science from CBCS and joined the doctoral program in 2015-16. His doctoral work focuses on the interaction between attention and conscious processing. To study these interactions he uses psychophysical experiments and Neural network models. For further details visit his blog-

Pragya Pandey []

Supervisor: Dr. Supriya Ray

Pragya is from Allahabad. She did her masters in Cognitive Science from the Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS) and joined the doctoral program in 2016. She investigates the mechanism of perceptual decision making and planning of action by using psychopysical methods, eye-tracking and computational models.

Swati Kushwaha []

Supervisor: Dr. Niharika Singh

Swati did her master’s in cognitive science from Centre of Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad. She joined CBCS as a PhD student in 2017-18 academic year, she proposes to investigate the effect of attention on syntactic planning for free and fixed word order languages, using behavioural & Eye Tracking methods

Ganga Tiwari []

Supervisor: Prof. B.R. Kar

Ganga has a master’s degree in Cognitive Science. Her current research area is social – emotional development in pre-schoolers and school going children. She has predominantly used behavioural/psychophysical methods and eye tracking methodology for her studies.

Tripti Verma []

Supervisor: Prof. B.R. Kar

Tripti completed her Masters in Cognitive Science from Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad. Her research area is in cognitive development. Currently she is working on the topic of development of flexible cognitive control in children. Mostly she uses behavioral experiments.

Anurag []

Supervisor: Dr. Niharika Singh

Anurag did his B.A. (hons) in psychology from University of Delhi and M.Sc (cognitive science) from CBCS, University of Allahabad and he joined the Doctoral program in 2018-19. His research areas are language processing and anticipation during sentence comprehension. He mostly uses eye-tracking methods.

Sanchita Mohindru []Supervisor: Prof. B.R. Kar   (Provisionally Admitted)

Sanchita did her masters is in Cognitive Science from Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad. She worked on the following research areas- attention, emotions and perception as part of her master’s thesis, specifically her topic of research was ‘Global- local bias mediates the effect of sadness on global local attention’. She has used OpenSesame to design behavioural and psychophysical experiments.


Dr. Priyanka Srivastava (International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad)

Dr. Rashmi Gupta (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Dr. Shruti Baijal (Cactus Communications)

Dr. Nishant Saxena (Anthropological Survey of India)

Dr. Tanya Dash (University of Montreal, Canada)

Dr. Devpriya Kumar (IIT Kanpur, Kanpur)

Dr. Debarati Bandyopadhyay (IIT Mandi, Mandi)

Dr. Niharika Singh (CBCS, University of Allahabad)

Dr. Abhilasha (Siemens Technology and Services Private Limited, Bengaluru)

Dr. Maruti V. Mishra (PDF, Harvard Medical Institute, Boston, USA)

Dr. Mukesh Makwana (PDF, Brown University, Boston, USA)

Dr. Jai Prakash Singh

Dr. Balaraju Battu (PDF, Departmental of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence Italy)