Sumitash Jana


Assistant Professor
Cognitive neuroscience


Representative Publications
  • Temporal cascade of frontal, motor and muscle processes underlying human action-stopping. S Jana, R Hannah, V Muralidharan, AR Aron. (eLife 2020; 9:e50371)
  • Mind-wandering impedes response inhibition by affecting the triggering of the inhibitory S Jana, AR Aron. (Psychological Science – in press) (PsyArxiv)
  • Task context determines whether common or separate inhibitory signals underlie the control of eye-hand S Jana, A Murthy. (J Neurophysiol 120: 1695-1711)

Sumitash Jana joined the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences as a member of the Cognitive Science programme in September, 2021. He completed his Ph.D. in 2017 from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India where he worked on understanding eye-hand coordination. Subsequently, from 2017 to 2021, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California San Diego where he worked on understanding inhibitory control.

His research broadly focuses on understanding the brain mechanism that mediate self-control. Self- control is our ability to focus on our tasks and goals despite environmental interruptions (e.g., choosing to keep reading despite notifications on your phone) but also flexibly change our goals when the need arises (e.g. choosing to pick up the phone when there is an important call). His research uses behavioral studies, brain imaging (e.g., electroencephalography) and brain stimulation (e.g., transcranial magnetic stimulation) methods to investigate self-control.

His current research goals include understanding the impact of mind-wandering and mediation on self-control in both healthy and clinical populations, and studying self-control in more-realistic scenarios using virtual reality.