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The action control and cognition lab is a part of the Center for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hyderabad. It is a multidisciplinary research centre of the School of medical sciences with research programs in cognitive science and neurosciences. The lab consists of graduate students and also several research interns who are actively interested in exploring several dimension of human cognition. They may include, the influence of subliminal information on action control, visual attention in the deaf and cognition in bilinguals (please see the research page for more current information). We use different research methods to study cognitive processes, that include eye tracking and also neuro-imaging methods. Research in the lab has been supported by the Department of Science and Technology’s Cognitive Science Initiative. We collaborate widely in different research areas with leading researchers both nationally and internationally (please see the publications page).

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Some time ago, The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, declared cognitive Science as one of the important disciplines that need to be nurtured. DST has since then supported research activities through its cognitive science initiative grants. However, since last decade cognitive science is taught only in a few handful of University departments. This means that a very large section of our students and academicians still do not have sufficient exposure to this fascinating and multi-disciplinary science.

To bridge the gap, the Action Control and Cognition Lab has been conducting international conferences and seminars in Cognitive science. We wish to take more steps in this direction and thus are planning to hold workshops to spread awareness about this field in colleges and universities in India. They would be small sized events to expose students and faculty about this diverse field and in what way they can participate in teaching and research.

We invite suggestions from departments/institutes/universities that wish to collaborate with us in this effort. We will conduct such workshops with their support and we believe this will be quite beneficial to the student community which will ultimately expand this field in our country.

Please have a look at the other pages of our website and contact us if you are interested. You could be an interested student, a faculty or even a department head. Please don’t hesitate to communicate with us irrespective of your academic orientation and discipline. Cognitive science as a field is broad enough to accommodate varied interests.

Please also contact us if you would be interested in giving a talk or wish to propose a seminar.

You can contact the PI of the lab Dr. Ramesh Kumar Mishra at

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For Prospective Students

Prospective students

We believe in true interdisciplinary research which is the mandate of Cognitive Science. However, interdisciplinary research calls for rising beyond one’s training and theoretical convictions and learning new things from other disciplines. The lab looks for enthusiastic students who wish to do graduate work or an internship in cognitive science.

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We invite Science, Engineering, Psychology as well as Linguistic graduates to consider applying for our Ph. D program. Others with relevant backgrounds may also apply. However, please make sure that your research interest matches with that of the lab. The admission to the Ph. D program at Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences is mainly through an entrance test followed by an interview. Please look at admission norms of the Centre for further details (Website here). You can also check here for latest updates from the University regarding admissions:

The admissions for 2016 are now closed.

Students can apply for 2017 admissions. Students with relevant research and academic background in fields such as Sciences, Engineering, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology can contact the PI for any questions.
People with relevant research experience and publications at master’s level are encouraged to apply.


We also take many interns for short-term training in the lab. These interns can be masters students who wish to gain exposure and learn about cognitive science. Such students would be ideally expected to move on to graduate studies. The training involves both conceptual and hands-on training with live projects. Unfortunately, the lab does not provide any financial assistance to the interns. However, they are given office and lab facility to do their work. Interns are advised to contact well in advance for such opportunities as space may be limited. Many a time the research work done by interns has resulted in journal articles. Interns thus are trained to design their own experiments, analyse and write the results.

If you wish to visit the lab to see what we do, please contact us.

Students who wish to pursue an internship in the lab, please fill these details here along with contacting us.

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Support Us

It is very difficult to run a lab these days depending only on Governmental support. There is always a need to buy a small piece of equipment or support a deserving research student on a project. Although a lot of our research is supported by governmental funding such as DST, we would also appreciate the support from interested organisations who would like to collaborate with us. Since a lot of our work has a potential for application in the real world, we invite corporate sponsorship from companies/individuals who would like to partner us on mutually agreed upon research projects. They can support research interns who will work on such projects. Individuals who like philanthropy can support us through gifts. All such support will be duly formalised through university regulations and will be accounted for. Please contact us for further details.