Jaison Manjaly

Jasubhai Memorial Chair Professor

Jaison Manjaly is Jasubhai Memorial Chair Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at IIT Gandhinagar. His research interests include curiosity, education, and moral cognition. He is the Principal Investigator of the Curiosity Lab at IIT Gandhinagar, which aims to develop interventions to foster curiosity in the classroom.

At IIT Gandhinagar, he pioneered the establishment of the Centre for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He is the former Dean of Student Affairs at IIT Gandhinagar. He is currently the Coordinator of Alumni Relations and Head of Humanities, Social and Cognitive Sciences at IIT Gandhinagar.

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