Meera Mary Sunny

Perception and Attention

Associate Professor

Research Areas : Visual Attention, Attention Capture.

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My research is directed to better understand selective mechanisms in attention. In the past, I have studied the role of low-level factors in determining automatic selection by motion onset. Recently my research has focused more on the effects of body and action in the selection and on the temporal limits of attention.


  • PhD: University of Warwick, 2011
  • MA: Allahabad University, 2007
  • BA: Mahatma Gandhi University, 2005

Professional Research Experience:

  • Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (Feb 2020 to Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (Feb 2012 to Feb 2020)

Selected Publications:

  • Thomas, T., & Sunny, M. M. (2020). Diminished distractor exclusion for magnocellular features near the hand. Experimental Brain Research, 1-1
  • Singh, D., & Sunny, M. M. (2020). Attention interacts with emotion to drive perceptual impairment of images in an RSVP task. Collabra: Psychology6(1).
  • George, N., & Sunny, M. M. (2019). Challenges to the modularity thesis under the Bayesian brain models. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13.
  • Thomas, T., & Sunny, M. M. (2019). Situational Determinants of Hand-Proximity Effects. Collabra: Psychology, 5(1).
  • Thomas, T. & Sunny, M. M. (2017). Altered visuo-spatial processing in the peri-personal space: A new look at the hand-proximity effects. Journal of the Indian Institute of Science. 97, 443–450

Courses Taught:

  • CG 506 – Experimental Techniques in Cognitive Science
  • CG 503 – Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
  • CG 607 – Emotion and Cognition