Varsha Singh

Varsha Singh
Assistant Professor
CV Summary: 

My research is aimed at understanding cognitive and affective processes in decision making.

Those looking for a PhD position, I have one available in a joint PhD program (Queensland University) where the project is focused on understanding valence-related structural and functional organization in epilepsy (pl see

Majority of my work is cross-disciplinary, on-going research within the clinical domain (a) neural basis of decision making and episodic memory in MTL epilepsy (collaboration with Neuroscience, AIIMS) (b) cognitive and affective impairment in spinal cord injury (with Indian Spinal Cord Injury) (c) anxiety disorder (within Psychiatry, AIIMS) (d)sleep loss and cognitive impairment ( DRDO).

In collaboration with Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP, JNU), I investigate how emotions affect deception, information-sharing, creativity, and outcomes of labor market including sex differences in salary, productivity.

In collaboration with the engineering departments, the focus is on improving psychophysiological measures of respiratory control (Electrical Engineering), motor control and movement analysis (Computer Science), with an emerging interest in valence in text.

When not busy running experiments, or when I am "benched" by the Ethics Committee, I spend time understanding how science, scientific research grows across different fields of study mainly math, science, engineering (scientometrics).

Contact Information

Office: 402F, Block II (Electrical Engineering Building)
CBS Lab: MS615, Humanities & Social Science, IIT Delhi
Email: ;

Research Areas

Specific: Cognition, Affect, and Decision Making, Episodic Memory, Anxiety Disorder
Broad: Brain-behavior, Mind-Body Problems

1. Important: One PhD position available in a Joint PhD program with Queensland University
(Project details: see link
2. Interested PhD applicant is advised to mail a CV, and Research Interest

Academic Background

BA (Psychology), Fergusson College, Pune
MA (Clinical Psychology), University of Pune
PhD, Humanities & Social Science, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay

Employment History

2013: Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Science, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.
2012: Research Scientist, Department of Management, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
2011: Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, Kerala.
2009: Research Associate, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore.
2006: Research Assistant, IR Consultancy Center, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.
2003: Research Assistant, Psychophysiology Laboratory, Stanford University, USA.
2000: Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Care Center, Pune.


Singh, V. (2016). Sex-differences, Handedness, and Lateralization in the Iowa Gambling Task . Frontiers in Psychology, 7: 708, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00708

Singh, V. (2013). A potential role of reward and punishment in the facilitation of the emotion-cognition dichotomy in the Iowa Gambling Task. Frontiers in Psychology. 4:944. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00944.

Singh, V. (2013). Dual conception of risk in the Iowa Gambling Task: Effects of sleep deprivation and time delay. Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience. 4:628. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00628.

Singh, V. & Khan, A. (2012). Decision making in the reward and punishment variants of the Iowa Gambling Task: Evidence of “Foresight” or “Framing”? Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience. 6:107. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2012.00107.

Kalliath, P., Kalliath, T., & Singh, V. (2011). When work intersects family: A qualitative exploration of the experiences of dual earner couples in India. South Asian Journal of Management, 18(1):37-59.

Singh, V., Kalliath, T., & Kalliath, P. (2010). Dual-income marital dyads and discrepant economic and personal information: An exploratory investigation. Psychological Studies, 55(3): 263-269.

Singh, V. & Khan, A. (2009). Heterogeneity in choices on Iowa Gambling Task: A preference for high infrequent-higher magnitude punishment. Mind & Society: Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Science, 8(1):43-57.

Singh, V. (2005). Depressive realism: Exploring realism and rationality. Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology, 32, (1): 25-30.

Singh, V. & Khan, A. (2008). Affect, judgment and endowment-contrast theory, Journal of Indian Health Psychology, 3(1):19-26.

Bhattarcharya, T., Singh, V., Kaur, R. & Neeti (2006). Judgment of subjective well-being: Influence of personality and affect. Psychological Studies, 51, (2-3): 132-138.

Singh, V. (2018). Comparing Research Productivity of Returnee-PhDs in Science, Engineering, and the Social Sciences. Scietometrics, doi: 10.1007/s11192-018-2706-x


Singh, V. (2006). Affect-aided decision making and self-rated recall of episodic memory. International conference on ‘Models of Brain & Mind: Psychical, Computational & Psychological Approaches’, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, India.

Singh, V. (2007). Behavioral decision making and self-reported measures of individual differences. International conference on ‘Cognition & Emotion in Economic Decision Making’, University of Trento, Italy.

Singh, V.& Khan, A. (2011). Reward-punishment sensitivity in Iowa Gambling Task: Tale of two variants.International conference on Decision Making, Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, Dec 9 - 12, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India.

Singh, V. & Mutreja, V. (2019). Evaluating mindfulness-induced cognitive changes: Scope for improving inhibitory control in young adults. 13th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Conference, May 22- 25, Toronto. Accepted.

Singh, V. & Aikat, R. (2019). Kinesthetic imagery and visual feedback. 3rd National Conference on Recent Advances in Cognition and Health (NCRACH-2019), BHU, India.

Singh, V. & Mutreja, V. (2019). How does learning of mindfulness (posture and breath focus) alter cognitive task learning? 3rd National Conference on Recent Advances in Cognition and Health (NCRACH-2019), BHU, India.

Singh, V. & Shambhovi, M. (2019). Does autonomic nervous system impairment influence coping in spinal cord injured patients? 3rd National Conference on Recent Advances in Cognition and Health (NCRACH-2019), BHU, India.

Singh, V. & Mitra, S. (2018). Relationship between heart rate variability and depression in Spinal Cord Injury: A two-year longitudinal study. 36th Annual Meeting of Indian Academy of Neurosciences (IAN), Theme: Translational Research in Improving Mental Health, Oct 29 – 31, 2018, BHU, India.

Singh, V. (2017). Do Losses Loom Larger Over Our Moral Compass? Effect of Anxiety, Impulsivity, and Frame on Deception. 7th Annual International Symposium of Decision Neuroscience (ISDN), June 2 – 3, Stanford University, CA, USA.
Singh, V. (2016). Exploring sex, and cultural differences in decision making. 31st International Congress of Psychology, July 24 - 29, Yokohama, Japan.

Dayanithi, D. & Singh, V. (2015). Accentuated Loss Aversion in PGA Tournaments: Does Company Matter? Annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Feb 27 – 28, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Massachusetts, USA.

Singh, V. & Chakravarty, S. (2015). Tracking the determinants of admission, performance and placements in Indian management education. Annual Conference of the Emerging Markets, Jan 20 – 25, Dubai, UAE.

Singh, V. (2014). Laterality in the Iowa Gambling Task: Sensitivity to rewards – punishment altering regulatory control? Annual Conference on Cognitive Science March 3 – 5, 2014, India International Center, Delhi.

Singh, V. (2013). Decision Neuroscience: Role of the Iowa Gambling Task. Annual conference of Indian Academy of Neuroscience (IAN), Oct 25 – 27, University of Allahabad, India.


1. Small Grant Research Projects (50,000), IIM Kozhikode (completed)
2. Planning Unit Grant (10 lakh), IIT Delhi (on-going)
3. Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Project (FIRP:10 lakh), IIT Delhi (completed)
4. 1-2-3-4 Discover and Learn Project (co-PI) (5 lakh) IIT Delhi (on-going)
5. Multi-institute Faculty Interdisciplinary Grant (MFIRP: 20 lakhs), AIIMS-IIT Delhi (started)
6. Emotions and valence (submitted)
7. Sleep loss and cognitive deficit (submitted)

Teaching Areas

Cognitive Psychology, Decision Making