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The academic programmes of CBCS consist of Doctoral and Masters Programs in Cognitive Science.

CBCS conducts research related in various areas of behavioural and cognitive sciences and also initiates outreach activities.

CBCS has been in contact with other organizations and has taken a number of steps to popularize Cognitive Science to facilitate interactions with other scientists interested in the study of cognitive and behavioural problems as well as applications of findings from such studies.

CBCS is making serious efforts to explore new inter-disciplinary interfaces (with computer science, neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and social sciences disciplines) and consolidate those that already exist.

Under the "University Grants Commission Scheme" of Universities with Potential for Excellence, the University of Allahabad was selected for developing Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences as an Island of Excellence. The Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS) was set up to become that 'Island of Excellence".

CBCS was formally inaugurated on 2nd Feb' 03 by the then Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

To pursue research activities and training in different areas of cognitive science, the Centre has seven different labs: Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Neuroinformatics and Intelligent Computing Lab ,Visual Cognition Lab, Language cognition lab, Bio-feedback lab, Virtual Reality lab and Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation Lab.

24 Feb 2020
Coordinator, Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, AU

The Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (CBCS), University of Allahabad is organizing a five-day Workshop on Cognitive Neuroimaging on February 21-25, 2020. The Centre established a National Neuroimaging Facility with a large-scale grant from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India last year. The facility was inaugurated by Dr. Harshvardhan, Hon. Minister of Science and Technology, Government of India. The goal of this 5-day workshop is to provide hands-on experience with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) experimental design, acquisition, and analysis of fMRI data for advancing cognitive neuroscience research in India. Since this will be an intermediate-level workshop with brief introduction to fMRI methodology, this workshop is mainly targeted at advanced PhD and postdoctoral level scholars who have planned to use fMRI methodology to address their targeted research question(s). This workshop covers fMRI design strategies, acquisition of task-related fMRI data (a few participants data will be acquired during the workshop), pre-processing and analysis of fMRI data at single-subject as well as group level. Towards the end of the workshop, actual fMRI experimental designs proposed by participants will be discussed. Overall, the emphasis of this workshop will be on how to use fMRI as a tool to address research questions in Cognitive Neuroscience. Twenty-three scholars from various institutions like IIT Kanpur, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Delhi, IIIT Hyderabad, ISI Bangalore, IIIT Allahabad, Department of Psychology, AU and CBCS are participating in the workshop. Prof. Bapi Raju, IIIT Hyderabad and Dr. Srikanth Padmala and Mr. Lakshman, Research Associate, Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore are the resource persons for the workshop. Their extensive experience and expertise in cognitive neuroimaging will certainly aid in training and capacity building for fMRI research in India. The workshop started on February 21, 2020 with an inaugural session chaired by Prof. R. R. Tiwari, Honorable Vice Chancellor, University of Allahabad. Prof. Tiwari in his inaugural address emphasized the importance of the study of the interaction between brain and mind using techniques like functional MRI and acknowledged the Centre’s sincere efforts in this direction. Prof. Tiwari highlighted the fact that the National Neuroimaging Facility is a unique facility dedicated to research in a University set up with the support of Government of India. Prof. Janak Pandey, Founder Head, CBCS in his address spoke about the bright future of the young researchers going to be trained with such a state-of-the-art research facility. Prof. Bapi Raju, IIIT Hyderabad congratulated the Centre for such a unique research facility and taking the leadership to train researchers with the nuances of fMRI research. Prof. Raju emphasized upon the need to continue to have such hands on training workshops in future. The session ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Niharika Singh, CBCS.


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Prof. Narayanan Srinivasan


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· M.E. in Electrical Engineering (1988-1992)

· Ph.D. in Psychology (1992-1996)

Consciousness, Attention, Emotion, Decision Making

95 Journal Papers;

74 Papers in Conference proceedings and as book chapters







Prof. Bhoomika R. Kar

Professor & Head

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· M.A. in Psychology (1990-1992)

· MPhil in Medical and Social Psychology (1993-1995)

· PhD, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore (1998-2003)

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Bilingualism, Cognitive control

29 Journal Papers;

15 Papers in Conference proceedings and as book chapters








Dr. Supriya Ray

Assistant Professor

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· M.Tech (2000) in Computer Sc. & Eng. from Calcutta University.



· Ph.D (2001-2007) in Neuroscience from National Brain Research Centre, Manesar

Neuroscience (Behavioural, Systems, Physiology, Computational) of Movement.

11 Journal papers;

2 book chapters







Dr. Niharika Singh

Assistant Professor

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· M.Sc. In Cognitive Science (2007-2009)

· PhD in Cognitive science(2009-2016)

Language processing, Bilingualism and Cognitive control

11 Journal papers;

1 book chapter