Debjani Mondal


M.Sc. Student (2020-2022)

Email: hcs207005@hss.iitd.ac.in

B.Sc. in Microbiology from Lady Brabourne College (University of Calcutta)


Cognition to me is

The portal to the mind and its whereabouts.

I want to study Cognitive Science because

I want to comprehend the meanders through which the mind trails to create memories and attain consciousness, intentionality, perception and emotion. Who makes the mind do whatever it does? Who triggers the decisions the mind takes and the beliefs it inculcates? Who makes the mind, The Mind? I want to know it, all of it.

Any specific domain of interest in Cognitive Science 

Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuromarketing.

In future I see Cognitive Science

Doing wonders like making robots fall in love (may be that’s way too much far-seeing, but who knows?). Progress in cognitive sciences and AI has always kept us wondering- what’s next? May be someday, humans would be simply using brain chips to, for example, get all possible information about a particular topic that is loaded in that chip, instead of spending hours to look through research papers, take notes, mug up important points. In that way, everyone using that same chip can have same level of knowledge. NO- one’s true knowledge would then be in how one person can blend and interconnect all these information in a better way to make scientific induction and reasoning easier and faster than others. AI has indeed made our lives easier and comfortable in many ways. But, most importantly, I want AI and cognitive science to rekindle the hopes of suffering patients to lead better or rather normal lives by finding the unanswered questions in the realm of neurodegenerative diseases.

Research interests or other future plans

I would love to pursue research on the neural basis of consciousness, false memories and the possibilities of curing different neurodegenerative diseases.

In my leisure time, I love

Travelling, thinking about how to diversify my investment portfolio and journaling (in that order). When you are reading this, I am probably planning my next trip- stakes are high. Umm… actually I’d not use the word ‘leisure’ though. That’s what I live for. I spend hours on the internet searching for off-beat places and then end up there, sometimes even with my assignments, because I absolutely love how new places add new perspectives to our thoughts.