Prof. Ramesh Kumar Mishra

Head, CNCS

Lab Members


Lekhnath S. Pathak, PhD Student (2013-)


Lekhnath is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Central Department of Linguistics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. He holds master’s degree in English literature and linguistics and a post graduate diploma in teaching of English. As a PhD Scholar in the Action Control and Cognition Lab in the Center for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, Hyderabad University, he is interested and is working on the mechanisms of language mediated human cognition with a focus on bilingual language processing.
He has published in the areas of linguistics, pedagogy, English language teaching in the domestic academic journals and presented in several conferences. He also translates between Nepali-English language pairs.

Selected publications/presentations:

  • Pathak, L. & Mishra, R. K. (Oct 2016).”Parallel language activation is modulated by immersion: A mouse – tracking study of Nepali – English bilinguals” 3rd Annual Conference of the association for cognitive science, IIT Gandhinagar, India (Poster)
  • Pathak, L. & Mishra, R. K. (Feb 2016). “Parallel language activation and cognitive control in Gurung-Nepali unbalanced sequential bilinguals”. 4Th International Conference on Recent Advances in Cognition and Health, Varanasi, India (Oral)

Keerthana Kapiley, PhD Student (2014-)


Keerthana Kapiley holds an Integrated masters degree in Health Psychology from University of Hyderabad. She is interested in exploring as to how social influence effects cognitive mechanisms in bilinguals and how it alters their language processing. She has worked on interlocutor’s influence during voluntary choice and speech production and is presently investigating the effects of cultural cues during spoken word recognition.
Her other interests are dance and music. She is a trained Kuchipudi dancer (Indian classical dance).

Selected publications/presentations:

  • Kapiley, K., & Mishra, R. K. (Oct 2016). “What do I choose? Influence of interlocutors’ awareness”. 3rd Annual Conference of the association for cognitive science, IIT Gandhinagar, India (Poster)
  • Kapiley, K., & Mishra, R. K. (Sept. 2016). “What do I choose? Influence of interlocutor on bilingual language choice during object naming” Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (Amlap), Bilbao, Spain (Poster)

Seema Prasad, PhD Student (2015- )


Seema Prasad has a 5-year Integrated masters degree in Physics from the University of Mysore. She is interested in the mechanism and scope of unconscious processing. Her goal is to understand the influence of unconscious stimuli on voluntary action and the various factors affecting it. She is also working on a DST funded project to investigate the role of attention in language-vision interactions. Trekking and traveling are among her major interests. She also likes to read, mostly fiction.

Selected publications/presentations:

  • Prasad, S. G., Patil G. S., & Mishra, R. K. (Oct 2016).”Attention enhances unconscious activation: Evidence from hearing-impaired individuals” 3rd Annual Conference of the association for cognitive science, IIT Gandhinagar, India (Oral)
  • Prasad, S. G., Kaushik, S. L. V. & Mishra, R. K. (May 2016). “Do subliminal primes influence voluntary choice in oculomotor action?”. International Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, Granada, Spain. (Oral)

Phani Krishna, PhD student (2016 – )


P. Phani Krishna holds 5 years Integrated Master degree in Linguistics from Centre for Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies of Universtiy of Hyderabad.He is interested in knowing how socio-economic status influences the interaction between language and cognition.He is also interested in knowing how ambiguity works on Bilinguals. His other interests are social work and politics.

Riya Rafeekh, PhD student  (2016 – )


Riya Rafeekh holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Union Christian College, Aluva, Kerala. She is interested in gaining a better understanding of cognition and how it takes place- the influence of various components such as attention, perception, memory, learning, etc. She is interested in Neuropsychology and also in knowing how cognition differs in different age groups. Her other interests include reading and music.

Publications :
Rafeekh, R., & Ranjith, N. (2016). Occupational Stress, Marital Satisfaction and Quality of Life among Professionals Working under different Shift Systems. In U. K. B. Reddy & M. K. Singh (Eds.), Stress Perspectives and It’s Management (pp 75-86). Hyderabad: Stress Management Lab.

Sunder B, PhD student (2016 – )


Sunder holds an integrated masters degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hyderabad. He is interested in the use of WordNet for semantic interoperability: towards cognitive computing, WordNet database is claimed to be based on psychological research, the idea that it should be difficult for users may find theoretical justification in the “handicap principle” which is in opposition to the “principle of least effort”. He likes playing music, he is former drummer and guitarist at History makers rock band now founder of Crescendo Rock band, which is University of Hyderabad-based band.

Manasa Padmanabhuni, Intern (Dec 2015 – )


Manasa Padmanabhuni is a recent graduate of Research Master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology from Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands. She is interested in human cognition- attention and the very broad concept of executive functions. As an intern, she intends to dwell deep conceptually and methodologically to further investigate on these topics during her PhD studies.
She loves dancing Indian classical dance and cooking.

Pratik Bhandari, Intern (Dec, 2015-)


Pratik has a 4­years bachelor’s degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences (BASLP) from Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is interested in how attention, memory, and temporal and spatial orientation shape our understanding of the world.
He likes reading non­fiction, watching movies, listening music and occasionally reading and writing poetry.

Shiji L Viswambharan, Intern (Jan, 2016-)


Shiji has a 5-year integrated master’s degree in Life Sciences from IISER Mohali. She is interested in understanding how language influences cognition and the role of socio-cultural background in bilingual’s verbal and nonverbal behaviour. Currently she is studying about attention.

Aniruddha Ramgir, Intern (Dec 2016 – )


Aniruddha Ramgir is a senior Bachelor student in Computer Science, at a JNTU-H affiliated institution. He is interested in how we, humans, learn and develop over time, besides attention. He prefers watching movies whenever he can, likes to sketch, write essays, and explore and learn various things from different domains.


S L V Kaushik (Mar, 2015- Mar, 2016)
Currently doing his masters at Higher school of economics, Moscow, Russia.

D Thirumeni (Sept, 2015- Nov, 2015)
Currently working at JIPMER, Pondicherry

Divya Bhatia (Aug, 2014- June, 2015)
Currently PhD student at University of Rome

Kesaban Shankar Roy Chaudhari (July, 2014- May, 2015)
Currently PhD student at School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad

Srikant Jayaraman (Feb, 2014- May, 2014)
Currently Masters’ student at University of Trento, Italy