Sangeetha Menon



Professor and Head of the Consciousness Studies Programme


National Institute of Advanced Studies


Indian Institute of Science


Sangeetha Menon is Professor and Head of the Consciousness Studies Programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, in the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. Her major area of research is philosophy of psychology and expertise is in Indian philosophy, consciousness studies, philosophy of psychology, philosophy and psychology of self. She works with her colleagues at NIAS and collaborators across the world in creating and encouraging a first-person centered approach to understanding consciousness and cognitive capabilities that favours experiential wellbeing for all. She is one of the originators of the field of Indian psychology, guiding research in the area of wellbeing studies, life-sustaining values, self-transformation and artistic experience. One of her primary contributions in consciousness studies is in presenting and engaging with the concept and experience of self from the neurobiological and philosophical point of views, and theorising a 'self-challenged brain and brain-challenged self'.