Nandini Chatterjee Singh

Senior Project Office at UNESCO MGIEP

Dr. Nandini Chatterjee Singh is a cognitive neuroscientist and currently a Senior Project Office at UNESCO MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development), in New Delhi, India. She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Pune in India. Her post doctoral research focused on auditory learning mechanisms in songbirds at University of California, Berkeley. She established the first cognitive and neuroimaging laboratory in India at the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC) in India. Her research is focused on language, literacy and music. Using behavioral and functional neuroimaging experiments, her research aims to understand neurodiversity especially among children with autism and dyslexia.  Her work in dyslexia led to the development of DALI (Dyslexia Assessment for Languages of India), the first assessment which contains standardised tools to screen and assess dyslexia in multiple Indian languages. Her laboratory also conducts research on how Indian ragas elicit distinct emotions. Since 2017, she has been leading the development of a new framework for socio-emotional learning at MGIEP. Entitled EMC2, this framework builds competencies in empathy, mindfulness, compassion and critical inquiry, through a new curriculum for global citizenship.