Anvita Gopal


Year of Joining: 2015

Supervisor: Prof. Malavika Subramanyam

Title of the Thesis: John Henryism in the Indian Context

Research Areas: Social, Health, and Personality Psychology, Scale Validation, John Henryism.

I am a UGC-NET Senior Research Fellow and have an M.Phil. in Cognitive Science from Hyderabad Central University. My M.Phil. thesis investigated the influence of Emotion on Time’s Subjective Expansion under the supervision of Prof. Bapi Raju. I am interested in various research areas, spanning from time perception to sensory and affective perception and their influence on the psyche. I am currently engaged in the PhD program at IIT Gandhinagar, under the supervision of Prof. Malavika Subramanyam. My PhD work focuses on a construct identified as ‘John Henryism’ and I have examined its contextual application in the Indian milieu. 

I love listening to music and spending time with my friends and family. I have an abiding fascination to explore the world and gain insights into new places and diverse cultures. I enjoy playing basketball, swimming, and testing my limits with various adventure sports. My latest goal is to run a marathon and finish my PhD, of course!

Educational background: 

Bachelors is BA (Hons.) Psychology: Delhi University (2006)

M.A. Psychology: Panjab University (2008)

PG. Diploma Psychological Counselling (2010)

M.Phil. Cognitive Sciences: Hyderabad Central University (2015)

Research Work:


Gopal, A., Sharma, A. J., & Subramanyam, M. A. (2020). Dynamics of psychological responses to COVID-19 in India: A longitudinal study. PloS one, 15(10), e0240650.

Grants and Awards:

UGC NET Junior Research Fellowship

KPCSD Covid-19 Research Award