I currently study amplification of anger in response to injustice committed by an outgroup, when experienced collectively. Building on previous research that has demonstrated that emotions intensify when experienced in groups, I am investigating if anger in response to injustice increases in presence of more ingroup members.
In another line of research, I am completing a meta-analysis on disgust sensitivity, with my graduate advisor, Prof. Kai Qin Chan.
In the past, I have investigated how sharing of physical and psychological space influences intergroup relations. For this research, I studied Hindu-Muslim relations in Indian religious spaces that are visited by members of both groups, and found that sharing of space improves relations if norms recommending toleration are salient.
My work on self-enhancement in the Indian culture provides a proof of principle to my claim that people (irrespective of culture) do not always evaluate themselves as better than others. It is possible to identify culturally meaningful traits on which people evaluate themselves as below the average other. In this research, I examined the influence of cultural norms on self-presentation and self-enhancement.
My research interests broadly include inter-group conflicts, prejudice and violence. I am interested in studying how identity, cognition and group emotions influence each other and result in increasing of prejudice and conflict. I am equally passionate about designing and testing prejudice reduction interventions.
I believe in the complementarity of lab and field studies. I feel strongly about the potential of social psychology research in addressing socially important issues.
Before finding my calling in social psychology, I was a coder with Microsoft. I was also a Young India Fellow, 2015.
When I'm not busy with research or academics, I like to write some poetry.
Master in Liberal Studies, Psychology specialization, Ashoka University (expected: 2016)
PG Diploma in Liberal Studies and Leadership, Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University, 2015
B.Tech., Computer Science Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, 2012