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Rotation Ph.D. Students

Christin PUTHUR, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: christin.puthur at

Christin has a BS-MS Dual Degree in Physics. During her rotation in the Embodied Cognitive Science Unit she is investigating the movement trajectories of marine microorganisms from the perspective of random walks and embodied chaotic itinerancy.

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Aditi POPHALE, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: aditi.pophale at

She has a Master's in Wildlife Biology and Bachelor's in Neuroscience. During her rotation she is designing an experiment on observational learning in octopuses.


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Keerthy MENON, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: keerthy.menon at

She has a Master's in Physics with a specialization in Quantum Mechanics.  During her rotation she is clarifying the relationship between the latest advances in cognitive science and the role of the observer in quantum measurements.


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Deviana DAVID, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: deviana.david at

Ana has a BSc in psychology and a MSc in neuroscience. She is helping with the systematic review of active movement in perception and has an interest in sleep dependend learning.


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Hend SAMNIYA, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: hend.samniya at

Hend has a Ba in communication science and disorders and a Ms in audiology. She is working in the context of the Kicks-project messuring sensitivity to social contingency in infant-caregiver dyads using eye tracking technology.

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Balashwethan CHOCKALINGAM, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: chockalingam.balashwethan at
Location: Lab2 B656

Balashwethan Chockalingam (Bala) has a Bachelor's in Physics and Math from the University of Chicago and is planning to venture into Neuroscience. Currently, in his first rotation, Bala will be exploring the principle of self-adaptation in regards to the laws of physics by working the Ising model.

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Javier Andres TEJEDA MORA, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: JavierAndres.TejedaMora at

Javier has a BCs in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology. In the past two years, he used mass spectrometry to analyze and discover metabolites from a wide range of microorganisms. For the rotation, he will be helping with the port of an evolutionary algorithm onto JuliaLang

Visiting Researchers

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Manuel HERAS ESCRIBANO, Visiting Researcher, University of the Basque Country
E-mail: manuel.herasescribano at

Manuel is a postdoc researcher interested in the philosophical aspects of 4E cognition, such as the relation between enaction and ecological psychology, epistemic aspects of affordances and ecological information, agency, habits, social normativity, and the evolution of cognition. 

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Lorena LOBO NAVAS, Visiting Researcher,
E-mail: lorena.lobonavas at

Lorena has a Ph.D. in Psychology and a M.Sc. in Biophysics. Lorena is interested in sensory substitution, ecological psychology, and perceptual learning. She will be working on psychological studies on the role of intentions and agency in perceptual experience. 

Special Research Students

Carolina ARAGÓN, Master's student of UNAM
Email: caro.aragon at

Caro is visiting the unit to complete her Master's degree in Philosophy of Science, for which she is writing a dissertation on the cognitive science of body memory. She is particularly interested in developing the concept of a nutritional body memory.

Alejandro MORALES, Master's student of UNAM
Email: alejandroe at

Alejandro is visiting the unit to complete his Master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering, for which he is writing a dissertation on self-optimization in complex social and neural networks. He is particularly interested in modeling this process in terms of the connectome of the nematode worm (C. elegans).

Itzel CADENA, Bachelor's student of UNAM
Email: itzelacadena at

Itzel is visiting the unit to complete her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, for which she is writing a dissertation on the exploratory behavior of children with autism. She is particularly interested in advancing our understanding of autism from the perspective of embodied cognition and enactive cognitive science.

Ana Lucía VALENCIA, Bachelor's student of UNAM
Email: ana.valenciazam at

Ana Lucía is visiting the unit to complete her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, for which she is writing a dissertation on the similarities between large-scale intra- and inter-brain neural synchrony. She is particularly interested in exploring the implications of these similarities for the science of consciousness.

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Raul GONZALEZ CRUZ, Master's student of UNAM
Email:raul.gonzalezcruz at

He has a Bachelor's in Computer Systems Engineering. He is currently enrolled in UNAM's postgraduate program of computer science and engineering. His Master's thesis investigates the effects of unsupervised learning in complex networks.

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Jorge Ivan CAMPOS BRAVO, Special Research Student
Email: jorge.campos at

He has a Master's in Computer Science and Engineering. He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student in UNAM's postgraduate program of the same name. His doctoral thesis explores different models of artificial referential communication.

Research Interns

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Yo NAKAHARA, Bachelor's student of Keio University School of Medicine
Email:yo.nakahara at

He is currently enrolled in Keio University's undergraduate program of medicine. He is interested in learning more about the brain and neuropathology from an embodied cognitive science perspective.

Gap Program Students

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Hideyuki YOSHIMURA, OIST Doctoral Candidate
Email: hideyuki.yoshimura at
Location: Lab2 B600

Hideyuki has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Engineering. Currently a gap program student, in this unit Hideyuki will be programming the LEGO Mindstorms robot to perform needed tasks.