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Dr Dyutiman Mukhopadhyay
University College London, Experimental Psychology, Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
26 Bedford Way
United Kingdom
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

I began my academic career as an animal biologist having done my graduation from Presidency College, Calcutta, India and my post-graduation from Banaras Hindu University, UP, India. I  completed my PhD and published a range of my work in the area of biomedical sciences working on male factor infertility from the Departments of Biochemistry and Zoology, University of Calcutta. After my doctoral work I subsequently had two post-doctoral experiences both of which were independent projects sanctioned by Govt. of India (Indian Council of Medical Research  and Department of Science and Technology respectively). My first post-doctoral project on stress biology was an extension of my doctoral work. However, having published theoretical propositions in neuro-aesthetics in parallel, I took a major shift in my career in pursuing a second post-doc at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar at the Centre for Cognitive Science working on the psychology and brain correlates of human emotions, arts and creativity. This was not a random shift since I had been actively involved and contributing in visual arts like photography and film-making parallel to my academic career and had been trying to integrate my creative pursuits with my scientific research. My research domain at IIT Gandhinagar included behavioural, EEG and Eye-tracking based study of human emotions using complex naturalistic stimuli like films and studying the visual scans of facial close-ups of paintings and face-database. My photography  received official selections and recognition at the Venice International Photo Contest, Italy, at International Photography Awards, USA, at Prix de la Photographie, Paris and at National Geographic website. 

As a researcher in emotion I have been trying to link the current views on social appraisal theory and a parallel work on cultural models of emotion reactivity. Based on these approaches I formulated a project proposal which might test the culture-appraisal-interaction model of emotion reactivity. I collaborated with Dr. Jeremy Skipper at University College London to build on this proposal  and was subsequently awarded the Newton International Fellowship by the British Academy in 2017. Currently I am working as a British Academy Newton International Fellow and Honorary Research Associate at Experimental Psychology,  UCL Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. 

Research Summary

I am currently a British Academy Newton International Fellow working on the psychological and neural basis of cross-cultural emotion transfer through films.  The ‘culture-appraisal-interaction’ model of emotion reactivity proposed in this project combines the social appraisal theories of emotions and cultural models of self. To test this model, we devised a new behavioural and fMRI based experimental paradigm titled: ‘Cross-cultural Emotion Elicitation through Film (CEE-through-Film)’.

I am also currently developing a Museum artwork project which has the potential to be a global public engagement program where Eye-tracking and EEG based experiments will be carried out with original, life-size museum artworks in the museum itself. Currently I am also guiding B.Sc. second year students at UCL on a mini-project venture of the same. 

 The broad theme of my research interest is cultural neuroscience of social cognition with reference to emotion, art and creativity where I try to integrate the psychological and neural processes. My research domain included EEG and Eye-tracking based study of emotions in response to complex naturalistic stimuli like films and studying the visual scans of facial close-ups of Indian mural paintings, dance expressions and standard face-database. One of my focus areas is concerned with how the classification of emotions in Rasa theory of ancient Indian aesthetics can contribute to current cognitive neuroscience. I am also keenly interested in paleo-neurogenetics and aspire to trace how genes helped in the development of social cognition, symbolism and art which led to the expansion of our species.

 My contributions in neuro-aesthetics and cultural neuroscience include my original proposal of the ‘Dual Phase Oscillation hypothesis’ on the aesthetic paradox, analysis of the neuro-philosophy of archetype in visual aesthetics and investigation on the neuro-psychology of docu-fiction film-making. Parallel to my academic career I am deeply involved in the fields of photography, film-making and other forms of visual art. I use/shall be using EEG, Eye-tracking, fMRI, Genomics, Painting, Photography and Cinema as tools for my research.

I am working with Dr. Jeremy Skipper

Teaching Summary

I am guiding B.Sc. second year students at UCL on a mini-project venture on Eye-tracking and EEG of artworks. 

Taught 'Neuroaesthetics: Special Topic in Cognitive Science' as a Full-Semester special elective course at  Centre for Cognitive Science, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, 2015-2016. In the process formulated 'Neuroaesthetics' course curriculum which included a comprehensive account of philosophy of aesthetics and neuroscience. 

Taught 'Art and Cognition: Foundations in the study of neuroaesthetics' as part of the Post-Graduate Foundations of Cognitive Science course at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, September, 2015. 

Taught Eye-tracking basics: practical demonstration as a part of Experimental Techniques to Cognitive Science Masters students, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar; 2015 -2016

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