Suparna Choudhury

Research Scholar


Funded by the Minerva Program of the Max Planck Society

Residence: September 1, 2008–August 31, 2012


Suparna Choudhury is currently investigating the development of naturalized conceptions of adolescence through cognitive neuroscience as part of the Cerebral Subject project, which traces the historical development, topography and functioning of ‘brainhood’ in contemporary culture ( This follows from her postdoctoral research on cultural constructions of the brain at the Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University and her PhD in Neuroscience on social cognitive development during adolescence at University College London. She is also developing an interdisciplinary project on Critical Neuroscience, which aims to open up new experimental and interpretive possibilities by connecting social and historical studies of neuroscience to experimental neuroscience, itself (

Talks and presentations

April 2011 The neurological adolescent in the digital age – Advanced Summer Institute, Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University
June 2007 Social cognitive development during adolescence - Lifespan Institute Social Cognition Think Tank, California
July 2007 Towards a 'critical neuroscience' - Why Bioethics? workshop, University of Cambridge, UK
December 2010 Critical neuroscience: the case of adolescence – Mind the Brain conference, Lausanne, Switzerland
August 2010 “Wired up differently” – presentation for panel discussion on Neurological Identities - 4S Conference, Tokyo


Teaching activities

2010-current Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada - Adjunct Faculty
2008-2010 Critical Neuroscience - Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabruck, Germany