Research Interests: Visual attention, Attention capture, Visual marking



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


Selected Publications:

  • 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.
  • Singh, D., & Sunny, M. M. (2017). Emotion Induced Blindness Is More Sensitive to Changes in Arousal As Compared to Valence of the Emotional Distractor. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1381.
  • Thomas, T., & Sunny, M. M. (2017). Slower attentional disengagement but faster perceptual processing near the hand. Acta Psychologica, 174, 40–47.
  • 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. doi: 10.1037/xge0000032.
  • Sunny, M. M., & von Mühlenen, A. (2014). The role of flicker and abrupt displacement in attention capture by motion onsets. Attention, perception & psychophysics.76(2):508-18. doi:10.3758/s13414-013-0587-x.
  • Sunny, M. M., & von Muhlenen, A. (2013). Attention capture by abrupt onsets: re-visiting the priority tag model. Frontiers in Psychology, 4(958). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00958.
  • Sunny, M. M., & von Mühlenen, A. (2011). Motion onset does not capture attention when subsequent motion is “smooth.” Psychonomic Bulletin & review, 18(6), 1050-1056. doi:10.3758/s13423-011-0152-3.


Work Experience:

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