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.

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Aditya Singh

Aditya Singh is a PhD student at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. He is interested in exploring the processes that underlie ‘autonomous’ information seeking. He is currently investigating why information gaps produce curiosity. He is also looking for ways to incorporate curiosity motivation in Indian classrooms.  He has a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, and a Master’s in Cognitive Science from Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar. 

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Aadishree Dixit 

Aadishree Dixit holds a BA in Philosophy from Fergusson College, Pune and an MA in English with Communication Studies from CHRIST (Deemed to be University). Her various interests enjoy playing a multiplayer version of tug-of-war with her mind, but some of the areas that she would like to learn more about are learning, creativity, language, and decision making. She enjoys drinking good coffee, trying to make art, and attempting to beat writer's block.

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Shriya Naidu

Shriya Naidu completed her masters in Neuropsychology at the National Forensic Sciences University. Her work at the curiosity lab explored how a reference point of information may affect one's curiosity. She also worked on identifying the EEG correlates of epistemic curiosity using a 128 channel system. Currently, she coordinates the curiosity camps through the lab and works on projects investigating the effect of mindfulness on curiosity. 

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Ihsan K

Ihsan is a Junior Research Fellow in the Curiosity Lab. He completed his Masters in Cognitive Science in 2020 from IIT Gandhinagar. He focuses on the influence curiosity has on learning. Specifically, he explores the role of curiosity in enhancing the procedural and declarative knowledge in adult second language acquisition.

Advisor

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Kushal Sacheti

Founder & President of Centre for Curiosity, New York

Kushal Sacheti is a mentor, business advisor, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Kushal’s philanthropic initiatives include mentoring and advisory roles at several educational institutions and arts and social welfare organizations in India and the United States. He is the Founder and President of the Center for Curiosity (CfC) and sponsored the CfC@UPenn initiative on curiosity at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sriranjani M

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Vaishnavi S

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Caroline Jose

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Deshana Desai

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