Ark Verma

Personal Details

Ark Verma

PhD Student

Supervisor (main): Prof. dr. Marc Brysbaert

Department of Experimental Psychology,

Faculty of Psychological and Educational Sciences,

Henri Dunantlaan 2,


East Flanders,


Tel. (mobile): +32-0-489201373

(office): +32-9-2649432




I come from the city once known as Prayaga; home to world’s largest spiritual summit at the banks of the holy river Ganges, the Kumbha Mela. The city now known as Allahabad (, is located in northern India in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

I started my college education at the University of Allahabad (, Allahabad, India; and completed my bachelor degree i.e. B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) having English Literature and Psychology as my major subjects in 2007.

I joined a prestigious master’s course in Cognitive Science at the Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India. It is here that I got an introduction to various fields and sub-fields of cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, neuroscience, neuropsychology etc. I completed a Master’s Thesis titled “Language Switching in Hindi-English Bilinguals”, under the supervision of Dr. Bhoomika R. Kar.

After completing my M.A. (Master of Arts) in Cognitive Science, I applied to and was selected as a PhD student (November 2009 onwards…till now) under Prof. dr. Marc Brysbaert (, at the Department of Experimental Psychology (,  Faculty of Psychological and Educational Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium.

I am currently working on investigating the laterality of various cognitive functions for e.g. tool use and recognition, symmetry judgment, figure matching, facial emotion recognition etc. in the typically and atypically lateralized human brain.

I am also interested in issues regarding bilingualism, visual word recognition and philosophy of mind. I am looking forward to work on these issues keeping Indian languages in mind.

Educational Qualifications:

  • 2009-till now PhD Student (Department of Experimental Psychology, FPPW, Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium.)
  • 2007-09: M.A. (Cognitive Science; Centre of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India).
  • 2004-07: B.A. (Psychology, English Literature; University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India).

Research Interests:

  • Laterality of Cognitive Functions
  • Visual Word Recognition
  • Bilingualism
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language


  • Verma, A., & Brysbaert, M. (2011). A right visual field advantage for tool-recognition in the visual half-field paradigm. Neuropsychologia, 49, 2342-2348.

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