Jaison Manjaly

Philosophy and Cognition

Jasubhai Memorial Chair Professor

Research Areas: Curiosity, Social cognition, Moral Cognition

Email: jmanjaly@iitgn.ac.in

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.

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.


  • PhD: IIT Kharagpur, 2007
  • MA: University of Calicut, 2001
  • BA: Mahatma Gandhi University, 1999

Professional Research 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)

Selected Publications:

  • Singh, A., & Manjaly, J. A. 2022 Using curiosity to improve learning outcomes in schools. Sage Open. https://doi.org/10.1177/21582440211069392
  • Ehrig, T., Manjaly, J. A., Singh, A & Sunder, S. 2022. Adaptive Rationality in Strategic Interaction: Do Emotions Regulate Thinking About Others? Strategy Science. https://doi.org/10.1287/stsc.2021.0152
  • Singh, A. & Manjaly, J. A.,. (2021). The effect of information gap and uncertainty on curiosity and its resolution. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2021.1908311
  • 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. New Delhi: 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.

Courses Taught:

  • CG 606 – Philosophy of Mind
  • HS 221 – Introduction to Philosophy