I am a PhD student in Cognitive Sciences at the Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Hyderabad. My research explores different ways in which unconscious biases influence how we find things in the world. I am also curious to understand how culture and environments shape our individual cognition.
I currently stay in Hyderabad but I have been raised in Nagpur, Maharashtra. I have been lucky to have lived in many cities and have learned to appreciate the gift of diversity. When I am not working, I like to read books on Japanese fiction, historical texts and short stories (Men Without Women by Murakami is my favourite). I appreciate the art of movie-making and spend a lot of my time watching cinema from across the globe and reading critical reviews.
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The visual world we find ourselves in changes dynamically every millisecond. Our minds adapt to these changes by executing control over cognitive functions. Attention is the most important cognitive mechanism and it dictates practically everything we do.
I conduct visual search experiments to understand how we select things relevant to our goals. More importantly, I try to understand the preattentive processes involved in selection using cues that are invisible to the naked eye.
We know the cues capture attention and orient it to objects in the visual field. What happens when these cues orient our attention to irrelevant distractors? Is executive control flexible enough to prevent attention from being captured by such cues or does it give in to it? Is this type of attentional control same when the cues are invisible? Or does the lack of awareness of the cues help in suppression of distractors it cues?
I am trying to answer some of these questions in the lab.
Bhatia, D., Mohite, V., Spataro, P., Rossi-Arnaud, C., & Mishra, R. K. (2022). Effects of pointing movements on visuospatial working memory in a joint-action condition: Evidence from eye movements. Memory & Cognition, 50(2), 261-277.
Mohite, V., Prasad, S., Mishra, R.K. Investigating the Role of Spatial Filtering on Distractor Suppression. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. (Stage 1 Accepted)
Mohite, V., Mishra, R.K. Brief Cues Influence Suppression of Singleton Distractors During Visual Search. Visual Cognition. (Under Review)
Gudde, H.,Diessel, H., Collier, ......, Kapiley, K., Khutsishvili, T., Kolding, S.,Priiki, K., Mačiukaitytė, I., Mohite, V., Nahkola, T., Tsoi, M., Williams, S., Yasuda, S., Cangelosi, A., Duñabeitia, J., Mishra, R., Rocca, R., Šķilters, J., Wallentin, P., Žilinskaitė-Šinkūnienė, E., Incel, O. Spatial Communication Systems Across Languages Reflect Universal Action Constraints. Nature Human Behaviour. (Under Review)
Psychonomic Society’s 2022 J. Frank Yates Student Conference Award
International Travel Grant, IOE Scheme, University of Hyderabad (2022)
Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Project 2020-23 Leiden University
CSM National Research Fellowship 2019-2023
FENS-SfN Summer School 2019 on Brain reading and writing: new perspectives of neurotechnology
British Council 70th anniversary Scholarships 2018