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 and Social Sciences at IIT Gandhinagar.


Research Interests: Curiosity, Embodied cognition, Moral Cognition



BA: Mahatma Gandhi University, 1999

MA: University of Calicut, 2001

PhD: IIT Kharagpur, 2007



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


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.


Work 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)