I began my scientific research in human and animal biology, biochemistry and genetics and currently work on the cultural neuroscience of social cognition with reference to emotion, art and creativity trying to integrate the psychological and neural processes.
My current research domain includes EEG and Eye-tracking based study of emotions in response to complex naturalistic stimuli like films and studying the visual scans of facial close-ups of Indian mural paintings, dance expressions and on standard face-database.
My contributions in neuroaesthetics and cultural neuroscience include my original proposal of the ‘Dual Phase Oscillation hypothesis’ on the aesthetic paradox, analysis of the neuro-philosophy of archetype in visual aesthetics and investigation on the neuro-psychology of docu-fiction film-making. Parallel to my academic career I am deeply involved in the fields of photography, film-making and other forms of visual art and have received official selections at Venice International Photo Contest, Italy, at International Photography Awards, USA, at Prix de la Photographie, Paris and at National Geographic website.
My primary research quest is to integrate the role of psychology, neuroscience and genomics in understanding social cognition – especially their role in emotion and art. One of my focus areas is concerned with how the classification of emotions in Rasa theory of ancient Indian aesthetics can contribute to current cognitive neuroscience. I am also keenly interested in paleo-neurogenetics and aspire to trace how genes helped in the development of social cognition, symbolism and art which led to the expansion of our species. Currently I am using EEG, Eye-tracking, fMRI data, Genomics, Painting, Photography and Cinema as tools for my research.
Ph.D.: University of Calcutta, 2009
M.Sc.: Banaras Hindu University (BHU), UP, 2004
B.Sc.: Presidency College, Calcutta, 2002
- DST-CSRI Post Doctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (2014 to present)
- ICMR Research Associate, University of Calcutta (2010 – 2013)
- PhD Research Scholar, University of Calcutta (2005 – 2009)
Current Research Topics
- EEG-based study on nine emotional states of Indian Rasa theory from popular Bollywood and Hollywood film segments.
- An eye-tracking study of nine facial emotional states (Nava Rasa) in the Indian classical dance genre of Bharatanatyam.
- An eye-tracking study of nine emotional states (Rasas) from visual scans of facial close-ups of Indian mural paintings.
- Visual scan-path of faces with happy and sad facial expressions: an eye-tracking study.
- The dual phase oscillation hypothesis and the neuropsychology of docu-fiction film.
- Understanding the neuropsychology of aesthetic paradox: the dual phase oscillation hypothesis.
- The neurophilosophy of archetype in visual aesthetics: from Plato to Zeki and beyond.
Full-paper Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
Social Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuro-aesthetics:
- Mukhopadhyay, D. (2015). The dual phase oscillation hypothesis and the neuropsychology of docu-fiction film. Consciousness, Literature and the Arts (UK) [16 (1) Online] ISSN: 1470-5648
- Mukhopadhyay, D. (2014). Understanding the neuropsychology of aesthetic paradox: the dual phase oscillation hypothesis. Review of General Psychology (USA), 18(3), 237-248.
- Mukhopadhyay, D. (2014). The neurophilosophy of archetype in visual aesthetics: from Plato to Zeki and beyond. PSYART [v2.5c Online] (Denmark-USA) [to be translated and reprinted in Russian language in the print journal Jungian Analysis: scientific journal of the Moscow Association of Analytical Psychology (ISSN 22259651)].
- Mukhopadhyay, D., Mitra, A., Nandi, P., Varghese, A., Murmu, N., & Chowdhury, R. et al. (2009). Expression of metallothionein-1 (MT-1) mRNA in the rat testes and liver after cadmium injection.Systems Biology In Reproductive Medicine (USA),55(5-6), 188–192. PMID: 19938953, ISSN 1939-6368 print/1939-6376 online
- Mukhopadhyay, D., Nandi, P., Varghese, A., Gutgutia, R., Banerjee, S., & Bhattacharyya, A. (2010). The in vitro effect of benzo [a] pyrene on human sperm hyperactivation and acrosome reaction. Fertility And Sterility (USA), 94(2), 595–598. PMID: 19324334, ISSN: 0015-0282
- Mukhopadhyay, D., Varghese, A., Pal, M., Banerjee, S., Bhattacharyya, A., Sharma, R., & Agarwal, A. (2010). Semen quality and age-specific changes: a study between two decades on 3,729 male partners of couples with normal sperm count and attending an andrology laboratory for infertility-related problems in an Indian city.Fertility And Sterility (USA),93(7), 2247–2254. PMID: 19328484, ISSN: 0015-0282
- Mukhopadhyay, D., Varghese, A., Nandi, P., Banerjee, S., & Bhattacharyya, A. (2010). CASA-based sperm kinematics of environmental risk factor-exposed human semen samples designated as normozoospermic in conventional analysis.Andrologia (Germany), 42(4), 242–246. PMID: 20629647, Online ISSN: 1439-0272
- Varghese, A., Bragais, F., Mukhopadhyay, D., Kundu, S., Pal, M., Bhattacharyya, A., & Agarwal, A. (2009). Human sperm DNA integrity in normal and abnormal semen samples and its correlation with sperm characteristics.Andrologia (Germany),41(4), 207–215. PMID: 19601931, Online ISSN: 1439-0272
- Mitra, A., Chakraborty, B., Mukhopadhay, D., Pal, M., Mukherjee, S., Banerjee, S., & Chaudhuri, K. (2012). Effect of smoking on semen quality, FSH, testosterone level, and CAG repeat length in androgen receptor gene of infertile men in an indian city.Systems Biology In Reproductive Medicine (USA),58(5), 255–262. PMID: 22578234, ISSN 1939-6368 print/1939-6376 online
Recent Conference papers
- Mukhopadhyay, D., and Miyapuram K.P. (2016). EEG-based study on nine emotional states of Indian Rasa theory from popular Bollywood and Hollywood film segments. Talk given at the 14th Conference of International Association of Empirical Aesthetics at the University of Vienna (August 29 to September 1, 2016).
- Mukhopadhyay, D., and Miyapuram K.P. (2016). An eye-tracking study of nine facial emotional states (Nava Rasa) in the Indian classical dance genre of Bharatanatyam. Accepted as talk at the 3rd Annual Conference on Cognitive Science (ACCS-2016), 3rd to 5th October 2016, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar.
- Mukhopadhyay, D., and Miyapuram K.P. (2015). An eye-tracking study of nine emotional states (Rasas) from visual scans of facial close-ups of Indian mural paintings: presented at International Conference on Emotion and Cognition, 14th to 16th December, 2015, Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, Allahabad, India.
- Also presented as a combined study with previous work titled: ‘Eye-tracking of facial emotions: from Ekman classification to Rasa theory’ at the 3rd International Conference on Cognition, Brain and Computation, December 5-7, 2015, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar.
- Mukhopadhyay, D., and Miyapuram K.P. (2015). Visual scan-paths of faces with happy and sad facial expressions support the Hemispheric Lateralization Hypothesis and zonal preference: an eye-tracking study: oral presentation in the 2nd Annual Conference on Cognitive Science (ACCS-2015), 5th to 8th July 2015, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
Independent Projects conducted
- Mukhopadhyay, D. (2013). The relevance of 9th Rasa in the generation of aesthetic delight: a neuroaesthetic approach using EEG and Eyetracking; Project sanctioned by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India to work as Post-Doctoral Scientist at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India (SR/CSI/PDF-08/2013, dated: 30.10.2014).
- Mukhopadhyay, D. (2010). A study on the gene and protein expression pattern of stress proteins (HSPs and metallothioneins) in liver and testicular cells of rat treated with heavy metals (Lead, Cadmium and Arsenic); Project sanctioned by Indian Council of Medical Research, Govt. of India, to work as Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta, India (3/1/2/10 (Env) NCD-I, dated:17.08.2010).