Sanjana Kadam

Doctoral Student

Center for the Evolutionary Origins of Human Behavior


  • 2019 - present : (MSc), Kyoto University, Primate Research Institute
  • 2015-2019 : (B.E.) Bachelor of Engineering, Biotechnology, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering

Current Projects

According to the dual information processing model, we use two different systems of thinking when we make decisions. The first one, our intuition or gut feeling, is characterized by immediate and automatic responses, and is associated with affective functions that cause cognitive biases in judgment and decisions. The other processing system is conscious: it works more slowly and deliberatively, relying on rules and symbolic logic.

The goal of my current project is to provide insights into the mechanisms of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, addiction, and major depressive disorder (MDD) by investigating the roles of cognitive biases in them. Specifically, I study the social and affective aspects of cognitive biases in normal adult subjects, and in particular, how affective states of subjects may influence cognitive biases and how such biases may differ in subjects with and without smoking habits. This study is carried out using various standard tests, biological markers, psychological tests, cortical EEG oscillations and ERP using EEG measurements, and statistical analyses.

Selected Publications

S Skariyachan, D Gopal, SP Kadam, AG Muddebihalkar, A Uttarkar & VNiranjan (2020) Carbon fullerene acts as potential lead molecule against prospective molecular targets of biofilm-producing multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumanni and Pseudomonas aerugenosa: computational modeling and MD simulation studies, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, DOI: 10.1080/07391102.2020.1726821