Vaishnavi Mohite, a PhD Scholar supervised by Prof. Ramesh Kumar Mishra, at the Centre for Neural and Cognitive Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, University of Hyderabad has received the prestigious J. Frank Yates Student Conference Award by the Psychonomic Society, USA.

The award will be recognized at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA from November 17-20, 2022. The Psychonomic Society is a preeminent society for the experimental study of cognition and its members are some of the most distinguished researchers in the field. Prof. Mishra is a fellow and Vaishnavi is a student member of the Psychonomics society.

Vaishnavi Mohite

Vaishnavi will be presenting a poster at the annual meeting titled ‘Brief Cues Influence Suppression of Singleton Distractors during Visual Search’ based on the experiments of her PhD thesis. Vaishnavi studies how unconscious processes influence attentional systems while searching for objects in the visual world. Using both manual reaction time as well as eye tracking studies she investigates how subliminally perceived brief cues interact with attentional mechanisms guiding search. Apart from this Vaishnavi has also collaborated internationally in the domains of memory, action control, language and space perception research. More details can be found on her website:

Vaishnavi is also working as a Research Assistant in another project funded by the Institution of Eminence grant awarded to the University of Hyderabad. The project is one of its kind in exploring how bi-literacy i.e. learning to read and write in two languages can influence cognitive function by comparing them to mono-literates and illiterates before and after long-term literacy training. Prof. Mishra is the PI of this project and has been a pioneer in conducting research on Literacy and Cognition in India.

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