"When asking questions of nature, at whatever level,
the framing of the question is of the utmost importance,
because the answer, if any, will be in the same terms as the question”
- N.J. Berrill
"If the brain were so simple we could understand it,
we would be so simple we couldn't."
- Lyall Watson
"Science is a way of thinking much more than
it is a body of knowledge."
- Carl Sagan

Kohinoor Darda

My research interests lie at the intersection of social and cognitive neuroscience, vision sciences, and arts and empirical aesthetics. I am currently working as a postdoctoral research scholar in the ChatLab at the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (PA).


  1. 2020


    Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Glasgow, UK and Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney
  2. 2016-2019


    Psychology, Bangor University, U.K
  3. 2014–2015


    Foundations of Clinical Psychology, Bangor University, Wales
  4. 2011 -2014


    Psychology, Fergusson College, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India

Recent Activity

Postdoc split between sunny Sydney and windy Glasgow

New project in progress: toward a general model of aesthetics

Virtual Lecture on dance and the theory of knowledge for students of DRS International School, Hyderabad Watch the video!

Paper published in Cognition: Individual Differences in Social and Non-Social Control Read More Here

About Research

In my PhD, I investigated the neural and cognitive mechanisms of how we control our automatic tendency to imitate other people using fMRI and behavioural measures. I am currently investigating the role of context, culture, and expertise in art. My research interests span multiple domains including but not limited to neuroaesthetics, expertise, experience-dependent plasticity, action perception, and social cognition.

Preprints and publications
Invited talks
Google scholar citations

Functional Specificity and Sex Differences in the Neural Circuits Supporting the Inhibition of Automatic Imitation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30, 914-933.

Darda, K. M.,Butler, E. E., & Ramsey, R.

The Inhibition of Automatic Imitation: a Meta-Analysis and Synthesis of fMRI Studies. NeuroImage.

Darda, K. M.,& Ramsey, R.