About Fellow

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

After high school, almost all my classmates started preparing for the engineering entrance exams as it was thought of the only journey to embark upon. I ran the rat race and qualified, but my strong inclination towards understanding the intricacies of human behavior pushed me out of the line to join the Psychology undergraduate program at the University of Allahabad. That decision paved the entire course for my scientific career. During my undergraduate days, I developed a penchant for cognitive psychology and neuroscience. To feed my curiosities about the brain and behavior, I enrolled in the Masters program in Cognitive Science at Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Science, University of Allahabad. In two years, I realized that what we currently know about the neural mechanisms underlying various cognitive processes is only the tip of iceberg. To gain an even deeper understanding of these mechanisms I joined IIT Gandhinagar to pursue a PhD.

My doctoral research focused on understanding the role of sensory predictions in different cognitive processes. This work showed that the ability to predict the sensory consequences of movement affects judgments of sense of self-agency and attentional control. Further, my work was instrumental in showing that sensory predictions also contribute significantly to how we perceive the world, and perception is actually impaired if it is based solely on sensory information. Overall, this research provided novel and conclusive evidence supporting the idea that cognition emerges from our interaction with the world.

Over the course of this work, I developed a strong interest in sensory processing, perception and motor control. Luckily, towards the end of my PhD, I met Dr. Pratik Mutha who joined as a faculty at IIT Gandhinagar. His work was focused on understanding fundamental motor control mechanisms, particularly those that enable motor learning. Mutual discussions led to the idea of combining our strengths and interests, and exploring the interactions between perception and motor control. I was very excited by the prospect that this work could provide novel approaches for rehabilitation of individuals with motor or perceptual disabilities. I hope that this goal can be achieved through the wonderful opportunity provided by the Wellcome trust/DBT India Alliance fellowship.