Jaison Manjaly

Jasubhai Memorial Chair Professor

Research Areas: Curiosity, Social cognition, Moral Cognition

Email: jmanjaly@iitgn.ac.in

Jaison Manjaly joined IIT Gandhinagar in October 2008.  His main areas of research are curiosity, social cognition, and moral cognition. Currently, he focuses on ‘curiosity’ as a tool to address epistemic inequality. He also takes a keen interest in student affairs, education, and politics of knowledge.


Ph.D.: IIT Kharagpur, 2007

MA: University of Calicut, 2001

BA: Mahatma Gandhi University, 1999

Professional and Teaching Experience:

Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, (Feb 2020 to Present)

Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, (Nov 2015 to Feb 2020)

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, (Oct 2008 - Nov 2015)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Behavioral and Cognitive Science, (Oct 2006 - Oct 2008)

Research Work:


  • Singh, A. & Manjaly, J. A. (2020). The Distress Smile and its Cognitive Antecedents. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10919-020-00345-z
  • N. A., Baby. Ziliya., & Manjaly, J. A. (2020). Dehumanization of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST): Evidence from Implicit, Moderate, and Blatant Measures. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy. https://doi.org/10.1111/asap.12214
  • Fonseca, A. F., Bandyopadhyay, S., Louçã, J., & Manjaly, J. A. (2019). Caste in the News: A Computational Analysis of Indian Newspapers. Social Media + Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119896057
  • Mukherjee, S., Srinivasan, N., Kumar, N., & Manjaly, J. A. (2018). Perceptual broadening leads to more prosociality. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:1821.
  • Mehta, V., Mukherjee, S., Manjaly, J. A. (2017) Can Lighting Influence Self- Disclosure? Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00234.
  • Kumar, N., Manjaly, J. A., Sunny, M. M. (2015). The relationship between action-effect monitoring and attention capture. Journal of Experimental Psychology.General, 144(1), 18–23.
  • Manjaly, J. A., Indurkhya, B. (Eds) (2015) Cognition Experience and Creativity. NewDelhi: Orient Blackswan
  • Mukherjee, S., Manjaly, J. A.,  Kumar, N. (2015) Role of Money in Creative Cognition, in Cognition Experience and Creativity. Manjaly J. A.,  Indurkhya, B. (Eds). New Delhi: Orient Blackswan
  • Kumar N., Manjaly J. A.,  Miyapuram K. P. (2014). Feedback about action performed can alter the sense of self-agency. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00145
  • Mukherjee, S., Srinivasan, N.,  Manjaly, J.A. (2014). Global processing fosters donations toward charity appeals framed in an approach orientation. Cognitive Processing. doi:10.1007/s10339-014- 0602-8
  • Mukherjee, S., Manjaly, J. A., Nargundkar, M.  (2013). Money makes you reveal more: Consequences of monetary cues on preferential disclosure of personal information.  Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00839
  • Manjaly J. A. (2011). Conceivability, Metaphysical Possibility and the Zombies.  Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 28, 3: 43-53.
  • Manjaly J. A. (2011). The Knowledge Argument and Inconsistency of the Nonphysical. Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 28, 2: 81-94.
  • Manjaly J. A. (2009). “Panpsychic Presuppositions of Samkhya Metaphysics” In Mind that Abides: Panpsychism In the New Millennium, Ed. Skrbina, D. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Grants and Awards: 

Excellence in Institution Building, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, 2012