Suhas Vijayakumar

compares brains in hopes of getting a PhD.


Motivation and current position

You probably can’t differentiate between flowers that are harmless, from the ones that can kill you in an instant. You probably also can’t hang silently from a tree for hours on end, grooming you friends. Suffice to say that we’ve branched off of our closest ancestors and have managed to acquire different skills along the way like effectively communicating with someone, be it across the room, or across the ocean.

But how did our brains evolve to achieve such a feat? How are our brains different from other animals’, from each others’? And just how does that result in the vast variety of behavior that we see - with some capable of composing beautifully complicated symphonies, and some others capable of reciting pi to a hundred decimal places?

Currently, I’m a third-year PhD researcher at the Cognitive Neuroecology Lab of the Donders Institute, Nijmegen, where we’re tackling some version of such questions and are trying to understand how differences in the structure and organization of the brain makes you behave differently.


Lateral frontal pole and relational processing: Activation patterns and connectivity profile. Hartogsveld B, Bramson B, Vijayakumar S, Van Campen AD, Marques JP, Roelofs K, Toni I, Bekkering H, & Mars RB | Behavioural Brain Research (in press)

Oops – That was a Mistake! How Toddler Brains React to Feedback. Meyer M, Hassan Vijayakumar S, Bekkering H, Janssen D, de Bruijn E and Hunnius S | Front Young Minds. 3:13. (2015)
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Emotional responses to Hindustani raga music: the role of musical structure. Mathur A, Vijayakumar SH, Chakrabarti B and Singh NC | Front. Psychol. 6:513 (2015)
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M.Sc | Cognitive Neuroscience | 2013 – 2015
Specialization: Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication
Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

B.Sc | Physics, Maths, Electronics | 2009 – 2012
St. Joseph’s College Bengaluru, India

Pre-University | 2007 – 2009
Studied: Physics, Maths, Computer Science & Chemistry
Sadvidya Composite Pre-University College Mysuru, India