Manish Kumar Asthana - Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Manish Kumar Asthana
Manish Kumar Asthana Assistant professor 01332-28-4916
Areas of Interest
  • Cognitive Psychology, Human Factor Design, Cognitive Ergonomics, Memory Consolidation, Reconsolidation, Fear Conditioning, Extinction, Brain Stimulation (tDCS)
Professional Background
2019-07-01OngoingAssistant ProfessorDepartment of HSS, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
2021-06-01OngoingAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
2019-02-204 months 4 daysAssociate ProfessorSouthwest University, Chongqing, CHINA
2017-04-081 year 6 months 15 daysAssistant ProfessorBVRIT, INDIA
2016-03-011 year 30 daysPostdoctoral FellowIndian Institute of Technology Kanpur, INDIA
2014-04-081 year 10 months 20 daysPostdoctoral FellowMackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, BRAZIL
Multiple Posts
2021-08-01OngoingTreasurerAnushruti Academy for the Deaf, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
2021-05-06OngoingMember - Department Research CommitteeDepartment of HSS
2021-07-31OngoingCourse Coordinator: Human Factor DesignDepartment of Design
2021-06-21OngoingMember - Department Faculty CommitteeDepartment of Design
2021-06-21OngoingMember - Department Research CommitteeDepartment of Design
2021-03-17OngoingMember - Academic Program CommitteeDepartment of Design
2020-11-10OngoingCommittee MemberSponsored Research & Industrial Consultancy Committee (SRIC)
2021-07-09OngoingProf. I/C MaintenanceDepartment of HSS
2021-02-01OngoingSafety CoordinatorDepartment of HSS
2021-07-06OngoingChief-wardenRajiv Bhawan, IIT Roorkee
2020-07-011 year WardenRajiv Bhawan, IIT Roorkee
2020-07-3011 months Course Coordinator - PsychologyDepartment of HSS
Honors and Awards
Best Publication Award: Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on consolidation of fear Gk-Emotions:1253, University of Würzburg, Germany2013
Best Poster Presentation: Advances in Neuroimaging and Applications in Cognitive DisordersNational Brain Research Centre, Manesar, India2016
Educational Details
Ph.D.Life SciencesUniversity of Würzburg, GERMANY2013
Post-docSocial Cognitive NeuroscienceMackenzie Presbyterian University, BRAZIL2014
Post-docApplied & Experimental PsychologyIndian Institute of Technology Kanpur, INDIA2016
Master's of ScienceCognitive ScienceUniversity of Allahabad, INDIA2009
Bachelor's of ScienceApplied ScienceUniversity of Allahabad, INDIA2007
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyStart DatePeriod
ZED-I Post Occupancy EvaluationUniversity of Bath, UK2019-01Ongoing
Mechanism of the fear memory consolidation and reconsolidatingSRIC, IITR2020-01Ongoing
Participation in seminars
NamePlaceSponsored ByDate
International Forum for Young Scientist-2017, Shenzhen, ChinaShenzhen University, China2017-01
International Stress and Behavior Society Symposium: Translational Neuroscience of StressSan Diego, USAIIT Kanpur2016-01
Annual meeting of the Society for NeuroscienceSan Diego, USAIIT Kanpur2016-01
Advances in Neuoroimaging and Applications in Cognitive DisordersNBRC, Manesar, IndiaIIT Kanpur2016-01
VII International Symposium on NeuromodulationSao Paulo, BrazilMackenzie Presbyterian University2015-01
24th Annual Neurobiology Doctoral Student Workshop (NeuroDoWo)Göttingen, GermanyGk-Emotion 12532013-01
23rd Annual Neurobiology Doctoral Student Workshop (NeuroDoWo)Marburg, GermanyGk-Emotion 12532012-01
Anxiety and Depression: 21st Neuropharmacology Meeting Falls Church, Virginia, USAGk-Emotion 12532012-01
ESF-FENS Conference: The Neurobiology of Emotion Stresa, Lago Maggiore, ItalyGSLS & Gk Emotion 12532012-01
Amsterdam Memory Slam Amsterdam, Netherland Gk-Emotion 12532012-01
Cognitive Enhancers: 22nd Neuropharmacology Meeting New Orleans, USA Gk-Emotion 12532012-01
Annual meeting of the Society for NeuroscienceNew Orleans, USA Gk-Emotion 12532012-01
2nd International Symposium SFB TRR 58: Fear, Anxiety, Anxiety DisordersWürzburg, Germany Gk-Emotion 12532011-01
Annual meeting of the Society for NeuroscienceWashington DC, USA Gk-Emotion 12532011-01
19th EPA Congress - European Psychiatric Association Vienna, Austria Gk-Emotion 12532011-01
2nd International Congress on Neurobiology, psychopharmacology & Treatment GuidanceThessaloniki, Greece Gk-Emotion 12532011-01
  • American Psychological Association (APA), Member
  • Cognitive Science Society, Member
  • Indian Academy of Neuroscience, Lifetime Membership
  • National Academy of Psychology , Lifetime Membership
  • World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, IRC Scientific and Technical Committee & Editorial Review Board on Psychological and Behavioral Sci
  • Society for Neuroscience Neuroline, Community Leader
  • Whites Science Journal – A Scientific Erudition, Editorial Board
Teaching Engagements
TitleCourse CodeClass NameSemester
Introduction to PsychologyHSN002B.TechAutumn
Cognitive ErgonomicsIHS324BTechSpring
Introduction to Cognitive PsychologyHSN-919Pre-Ph.D.Autumn
Understanding PersonalityHSN902Pre-Ph.D.Spring
Psychological Basis Of BehaviorIHS310BTech.Spring
Human Factor DesignIDN507MDesAutumn
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Date
Spatial Navigation: Landmark Identification & Route PlanningMr. Sambath R. D.O2019-01
Fear learning, extinction and reconsolidationMs. Ankita VermaO2020-01
Fear Generalization and its ModulationMs. SharmiliO2020-08-17
Memory Encoding & ReconsolidationMs. TripureshwariO2020-08-17
Approach & AvoidanceMs. Kaneez FatimaO2021-08
Cross-cultural similarities and differences in the perception of emotional value32nd International Congress of Psychology (Online-Mode), Prague2021-07
FIT INDIA: Recognizing Cause & Seeking Solutions for Stress; Faculty Development Programme on Artificial Intelligence for Computer Vision (Advanced)Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Roorkee2021-07
Stress Management: Recognizing Cause & Seeking Solutions; Faculty Development Programme on Artificial Intelligence for Computer Vision (Elementary)Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Roorkee2021-07
63rd TeaP- Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (Conference of Experimental Psychologists)University of Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany2021-03
Adaptive Brain ~ An Affective Cognitive Neuroscience-Based Approach to Stimuli Processing in Healthy Individuals XXXVI Annual Meeting of Indian Academy of Neurosciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India2018-01
Adaptive Brain – Gender based Differences in Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience XXXV Annual Meeting of Indian Academy of Neurosciences, Ravenshaw University, Cuttuck, India2017-01
Human Factors Intercation of human cognition and physiology with the environment4th Annual Conference on Cognitive Science, University of Hyderabad2017-01
Adaptive Brain - Measurement to Stimulation Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience XXXIV Annual Meeting of Indian Academy of Neurosciences, NBRC, Manesar, India2016-01
tDCS and fear memory consolidationVI International Symposium on Neuromodulation, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil2014-01
Participation in short term courses
Couse NameSponsored ByDate
IBRO-APRC School on Cognitive Neuroscience: The 5th Bangalore Cognition WorkshopIBRO-APRC2018-01
NWG Practical Course TMS / tXXSGk-Emotion 12532011-01
Functional Brain Imaging training workshopGk-Emotion 12532011-01
Neurofeedback-Biofeedback and Psychological Testing Workshop --2009-01
National School on New dimension to NMR: From Molecules to Human Behavior NMR Research Center, IISC, Bangalore2009-01
Special Lectures Delivered
Ek Bharat Shreshtha BharatIIT Tirupati2020-08-08
Amity Institute of Forensic Science WebinarAmity University Noida2020-05-10
TeQIP: Course on Advance Digital Pedagogy and ICT Tools: Challenges and opportunities in online teachingIIT Roorkee2020-12-21
QIP: Design Thinking Approach for Product DesignIIT Roorkee2020-01-13
QIP: Design Thinking Approach for Product Design in IIT RoorkeeIIT Roorkee2020-02-17
Gender differences and physiological alterations during affective picture processing, BiomedicalSignalProcessing andAnalysis for CognitiveNeuroscience Study, PDACE, India2018-01
Refereed Journal Papers


Huang, Y., Zuo, K., Asthana, M. K., Comfort, W. E., & Xu, Z. (2020). Electrophysiological evidence that release from proactive inhibition reflects late semantic processing. Psychophysiology. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13639


  1. Huang, Y., Zuo, K., Asthana, M. K., Comfort, W. E., & Xu, Z. (2019). How robust and rapid can the memory-driven attentional capture be? Current Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s12144-019-00332-8
  2. Ganho-Avila, A., Goncalves, O. F., Guiomar, R., Boggio, P. S., Asthana, M. K., Krypotos, A.-M., & Almeida, J. (2019). The effect of cathodal tDCS on fear extinction: a cross-measures study. Plos One doi: 10.1101/561803. 
  3. Ganho-Ávila, A., Gonçalves, Ó. F., Boggio, P. S., Asthana, M. K., & Almeida, J. (2017). Combining transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and classical extinction to persistently erase avoidance tendencies. Brain Stimulation10(2), 407. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2017.01.207
  4. Ganho-Ávila, A., Gonçalves, Ó. F., Guiomar, R., Boggio, P. S., Asthana, M. K., Krypotos, A.-M., & Almeida, J. (2019). Cathodal tDCS enhances extinction-based procedures. LEncéphale, 45. doi: 10.1016/j.encep.2019.04.009


  1. Busin, Y., Lukasova, K., Asthana, M. K., & Macedo, E. C. (2018). Hemiface Differences in Visual Exploration Patterns When Judging the Authenticity of Facial Expressions. Frontiers in Psychology8. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02332


  1. Donate, A. P. G., Marques, L. M., Lapenta, O. M., Asthana, M. K., Amodio, D., & Boggio, P. S. (2017). Ostracism via virtual chat room—Effects on basic needs, anger and pain. Plos One12(9). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0184215


  1. Asthana, M. K., Brunhuber, B., Mühlberger, A., Reif, A., Schneider, S., & Herrmann, M. J. (2015). Preventing the Return of Fear Using Reconsolidation Update Mechanisms Depends on the Met-Allele of the Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Val66Met Polymorphism. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. doi: 10.1093/ijnp/pyv137
  2. Asthana MK.: Opinion: Weak direct current stimulation a new prospect in William syndrome disorder with regard to social fear. American Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences in Volume 2, Issue 5, Oct. 2015.
  3. Boggio, P. S., Asthana, M. K., Costa, T. L., Valasek, C. A., & Osório, A. A. C. (2015). Promoting social plasticity in developmental disorders with non-invasive brain stimulation techniques. Frontiers in Neuroscience9. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00294


  1. Singh, R., & Asthana, M.: Opinion Article: Fear learning and Childhood Autism. International Journal of Psychosocial Research, vol.3 Issue (2), December, 2014


  1. Asthana, M., Nueckel, K., Mühlberger, A., Neueder, D., Polak, T., Domschke, K., Herrmann, M. J. (2013). Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Consolidation of Fear Memory. Frontiers in Psychiatry4. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00107
  2. Bellaïche, L., Asthana, M., Ehlis, A.-C., Polak, T., & Herrmann, M. J. (2013). The Modulation of Error Processing in the Medial Frontal Cortex by Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. Neuroscience Journal2013, 1–10. doi: 10.1155/2013/187692
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