Research Interests

Physical Activity and Memory; Social and Affective Processes; Social Cognition; Motor Simulation; Joint Action; Working Memory; Autobiographical Memory; Action and Memory

Dr. Divya Bhatia

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Behavioral Neuroscience (Sapienza University, Rome, Italy); Integrated B.Tech- M.Tech, Cognitive Neuroscience (University of Rajasthan)

Dr. Divya Bhatia is an Assistant Professor at Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences. Prior to joining JIBS, she was pursuing her doctoral studies at Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. Her other previous professional experiences include working as a research fellow at M.D. University (Haryana) and a freelance consultant. She is also a member of the Cognitive Science Society.

Research Experience

Dr. Bhatia has managed and worked on several projects including the investigation of language choice behavior in Hindi-English bilinguals, cognitive preparedness in healthy Indian population and collaborative remembering. She was awarded the International PhD Fellowship by Sapienza University for her doctoral studies, which investigated how movements and visuo-spatial working memory interact and how one’s visuo-spatial memory is influenced by performing movements in a shared/social context. She was also awarded research start-up grants by Sapienza University for two subsequent years, and a mobility-grant to carry out a part of her doctoral work at Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Vienna, Austria, where she worked with renowned cognitive scientists. She has also presented her research work in several national and international conferences including Annual meeting of Cognitive Science Society held in Montreal, Canada and European Working Memory Symposium held in Italy last year.


Journal Publications

  • Rossi-Arnaud, C., Spataro, P., Bhatia, D., Doricchi, F., Mastroberardino, S., & Cestari, V. (2020). Long-lasting positive effects of collaborative remembering on false assents to misleading questions. Acta Psychologica203, 102986.


  • Rathee, S., Bhatia, D., Punia, V., & Singh, R. (2020). Peak Alpha Frequency in Relation to Cognitive Performance. Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice.


  • Bhatia, D., Spataro, P., Mishra, R.K., Cestari, V. , Doricchi F., Rossi-Arnaud, C. (2019). Pointing movements and visuo-spatial working memory in a  joint setting: the role of motor inhibition. Psychological Research


  • Rossi-Arnaud, C., Spataro, P., Bhatia, D., & Cestari, V. (2018). Collaborative remembering reduces suggestibility: A study with the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale. Memory, 1-9.


  • Bhatia, D., Spataro, P., & Rossi-Arnaud, C. (2018). Whose pointing is beneficial for visuo-spatial working memory: Mine, yours or an animated hand’s? Cognitive Processing(Vol. 19, pp. S57-S57). Tiergartenstrasse 17, D-69121 Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Heidelberg.


  • Rathee, S., Bhatia, D., Singh R. (2018). Is it necessary to measure all brain regions for the assessment of PAF? International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications, 7(12).


  • Bhatia, D., Prasad, S. G., Sake, K., & Mishra, R. K. (2017). Task Irrelevant External Cues Can Influence Language Selection in Voluntary Object Naming: Evidence from Hindi-English Bilinguals. PloS one12(1), e0169284.