V V Binoy

Binoy
Associate Professor
Phone
080-22185156
Mobile: +917829496778
E-mail
vvbinoy@gmail.com
vvbinoy@nias.res.in
Room no
03
Department

Binoy is a cognitive scientist interested in the science of science communication and conservation of the megafishes.

He studies science communication ecosystems under the lens of cognitive science with the aim of developing strategies for the effective dissemination of science to promote scientific temper and positive behaviour change in multicultural societies. Cognitive and noncognitive factors shaping sensemaking of scientific information, interconnection between the risk communication and protective action decision making by the people during natural disasters (cyclones and landslides), determinants of public perception and acceptance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and novel medical technologies, the interplay between mental models of climate change,  psychological distance and climate misinformation management are the major topics of research being pursued by his team. Binoy explores the role of participatory science communication programmes (walks, citizen science) in promoting scientific thinking and public trust in science and designs modules integrating traditional pedagogies with the tools and techniques of science communication to make science learning effort-free for the school children.

Binoy is developing a comprehensive plan for the conservation of freshwater megafishes (Mahseer) of India. He is studying the determinants of  behavioral and cognitive flexibility, learning abilities, decision making strategies and behavioral deficiency in the juveniles of Mahseers used in reintroduction and restocking programmes targeting rejuvenation and restoration of their depleting natural populations. Parallelly the studies focusing on beliefs, attitudes, values and behaviours of multiple stakeholders involved in megafish conservation are also conducted to develop public awareness programmes and policy recommendations to ensure the protection of these keystone species facing the threat of extermination. 

Binoy coordinates the activities of ‘Student Scientist’ – a unique initiative working for promoting bidirectional communication between scientists and students.  He is a research affiliate in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University, USA, and was the Secretary of the Ethological Society of India (ESI) one of the oldest organisation of the behavioural biologists in India. He  was selected as the  Inter-Continental Academia (ICA) Fellow by UBIAS, a consortium of 46 institutes of advanced studies located in various continents. He was the scientific observer and mentor to the Indian team secured top position in the medal tally for the first time in International Biology Olympiad (IBO-2023). Binoy is passionate about Yoga and Martial arts and has been a keen practitioner.

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Publications
Self, Culture... Sangeetha Menon, Nithin Nagaraj, V V Binoy
Consciousness Studies
Self, Consciousness and Culture: Interdisciplinary Convergences on Knowing and Being
Springer NATURE, 2018
2018
SCC V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Self, Culture and Consciousness: Interdisciplinary Convergences on Knowing and Being
Co-Edited with Sangeetha Menon, Nithin Nagaraj. Springer
2017
BG V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Bridging the Communication Gap in Science and Technology: Lessons from India
Co-Edited with Pallava Bagla. Springer
2016
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Bridging Self, Culture and Consciousness
Co-Authored with Sangeetha Menon, Nithin Nagaraj. Self, Culture and Consciousness: Interdisciplinary Convergences on Knowing and Being. Springer Nature
2018
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Autobiographical Memory: Where Self, Wellbeing and Culture Congregate
Co-Authored with Sangeetha Menon, Ishan Vashish, Ambika Rathore. Self, Culture and Consciousness: Interdisciplinary Convergences on Knowing and Being. Springer Nature
2018
Anitha Kurup, V V Binoy, Sindhu Radhakrishna
Education
Bridging Educational Institutions for a Citizen Science Project: A Case Study from Malappuram District, Kerala, India
In: P Bagla and VV Binoy (ed.), When Science Meet Public: Bridging the Gap. New Delhi: Springer Publication. pp.269-277.
2017
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Introduction: When Science Meets the Public—Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Communication Gap in Science and Technology: Lessons from India. Springer, Singapore
2017
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Bridging Educational Institutions for a Citizen Science Project: A Case Study from Malappuram District, Kerala, India
Co-Authored with Sindhu Radhakrishna, Anitha Kurup. Bridging the Communication Gap in Science and Technology: Lessons from India. Springer, Singapore
2017
Anitha Kurup, V V Binoy, Sindhu Radhakrishna
Education
The extinction of experience in a biodiversity hotspot: rural school children’s knowledge of animals in the Western Ghats, India
Curent Science 121(3): 313-316. doi: 10.18520/cs/v121/i2/313-316
28 December 2021
Journal Articles
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
The extinction of experience in a biodiversity hotspot: rural school children's knowledge of animals in the Western Ghats, India.
Co-Authored with Anitha Kurup, Sindhu Radhakrishna. Current Science 121 (2 ): 313-316
25 July 2021
Journal Articles
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
To kill or not to kill?: Factors related to people’s support of lethal and non-lethal strategies for managing monkeys in India
Co-Authored with Sindhu Radhakrishna, Paula A Pebsworth, Rupesh Gawde, Massimo Bardi. Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An International Journal 26(6): 541-558
27 December 2020
Journal Articles
image Sindhu Radhakrishna, V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
To kill or not to kill?: factors related to people’s support of lethal and non-lethal strategies for managing monkeys in India
Human Dimensions of Wildlife, December 2020
1 December 2020
Journal Articles
image V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Social decision making is influenced by size of shoal but not boldness, sociability or familiarity in Deccan mahseer (Tor khudree)
Co-Authored with Vishwanath Varma, Abhishek Singh, Jintu Vijayan. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 53(5-6):231-250.
25 November 2020
Journal Articles
image V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
The Bold are the Sociable’: Personality traits and laterality in an indigenous megafish, the Deccan Mahseer (Tor khudree)
Co-Authored with Vishwanath Varma, Harsh Vasoya, Anushka Jain. Ichthyological Research 67: 483–492
8 April 2020
Journal Articles
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Human-Elephant Conflict in Kerala, India: a Rapid Appraisal Using Compensation Records
Co-Authored with Sindhu Radhakrishna, Asmita Sengupta. Human Ecology 48: 101-109
17 February 2020
Journal Articles
Sindhu Radhakrishna, V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Human-Elephant conflict in Kerala, India: A rapid appraisal using compensation records.
Human Ecology 48: 101-109.
1 January 2020
Journal Articles
Sindhu Radhakrishna, V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
To kill or not to kill?: Factors related to people’s support of lethal and non-lethal strategies for managing monkeys in India
Human Dimensions of Wildlife
1 January 2020
Journal Articles
V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Smartphone geospatial Apps for dengue control, prevention, prediction and education: MOSapp, DISapp and the Mosquito Perception Index (MPI).
Journal of Environment Monitoring and Assessment, Special Issue: Geospatial Tech in Environment Health Applications 191(2): 393.
1 January 2019
Journal Articles
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
The monkey is not always a God: Attitudinal differences toward crop-raiding macaques and why it matters for conflict mitigation
Co-Authored with Sindhu Radhakrishna, Shaurabh Anand. Ambio 47: 711-720
13 January 2018
Journal Articles
Anitha Kurup, V V Binoy
Education
Little Minds Dreaming Big Science: Are We Promoting Children Gifted in STEM in India?
Current Science, 108(5)
28 December 2015
Journal Articles
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Sensory cues employed for the acquisition of familiarity-dependent recognition of a shoal of conspecifics by climbing perch (Anabas testudineus Bloch)
Co-Authored with Anindya Sinha, Rajesh Kasturirangan. Journal of Biosciences, 40: 225–232
6 May 2015
Journal Articles
Anitha Kurup, V V Binoy, Sindhu Radhakrishna
Education
The Culture of Environmental Education: Insights from a Citizen Science Experiment in India
Current Science, vol. 107, no. 176 2, 25 July
28 December 2014
Journal Articles
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Landing the ‘Tiger of Rivers’: Understanding Recreational Angling of Mahseers in India using YouTube Videos
Co-Authored with Prantik Das. bioRxiv
2023
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Captivity-induced behaviour and spatial learning abilities in an enigmatic, aquifer-dwelling blind eel, Rakthamichthys digressus
Co-Authored with Tanvi Vasan, Prantik Das, Vishwanath Varma, Anjani Tiwari, Archana Prakash, Devika Manilal, Liju Thomas, C. P. Arjun, Siby Philip , Rajeev Raghavan. bioRxiv
2021
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Attitude towards COVID-19 vaccine in India: Understanding the role of health beliefs
Co-Authored with Rajat Ravi Rao, Prantik Das, Roshni Ramachandran, Hrishikesh L R, Jaleel U C A, Andrew Titus Manuel. ResearchGate
2021
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Big fish in small tanks: stunting in the Deccan Mahseer, Tor khudree (Sykes 1849)
co-authored with Vishwanath Varma, Rajeev Raghavan. bioRxiv
2020
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Is boldness in climbing perch (Anabas testudineus) sensitive to the apparatus used for the measurement?
Co-Authored with Prantik Das. bioRxiv
2020
V V Binoy, Anindya Sinha
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Can Living with an Alien Invasive Fish, Tilapia, Influence the Shoaling Decision-Making and Exploratory Behaviour of an Air-Breathing Freshwater Fish, the Climbing Perch?
bioRxiv
2019
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Inter-ecosystem variation in the food-collection behaviour in climbing perch Anabas testudineus, a freshwater fish
Co-Authored with Anindya Sinha, V B Rakesh. bioRxiv
2019
V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
The load of diversity’: Cognitive load of lessons on biodiversity and classification in the biology textbooks of five different states of India.
Co-Authored with Akhila Chawadimane Machaiah, Mohammed Zeeshan, Sruthi Pilla. PsyArxiv.com/k83cz/
2019
image M Sai Baba, Tanvi Vasan, H J Subhash, V V Binoy
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and India: Promise, Perception and Preparedness
Reports, 2019, (NIAS/NSE/U/RR/070/2019)
2019
V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Artificial intelligence (AI) and India: promise, perception and preparedness.
Co-Authored with M Sai Baba, Tanvi Vasan, Subash H J. (NIAS Research Report No. NIAS/NSE/U/RR/070/2019).
2019
V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Can living with an alien invasive fish, Tilapia, influence the shoaling decision-making and exploratory behaviour of an air-breathing freshwater fish, the climbing perch?
Co-Authored with Anindya Sinha. bioRxiv.
2019
Anindya Sinha, V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Inter-ecosystem variation in the food-collection behaviour of climbing perch Anabas testudineus, a freshwater fish.
bioRxiv 573600
2019
Science, technology and Indian society: An anthology of perspectives V V Binoy
Science, technology and Indian society: An anthology of perspectives
Co-Authored with Chidambaran G Iyer, Lalit Mohan Patnaik, Baldev Raj. NIAS Report, Number No. R38-2016
2016
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Naypunyam athijeevanathinum (Life skill for survival)
Aaranyam, PP.40
28 March 2022
Other Publications
image Sindhu Radhakrishna, V V Binoy
co-authored
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
The extinction of experience in a biodiversity hotspot: rural school children’s knowledge of animals in the Western Ghats, India
Current Science, July 2021
5 July 2021
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Science communication is not just a wartime activity
Covidscicom
18 February 2021
Other Publications
V V Binoy
Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Student Scientists”: A platform for the student scientist interaction
EURAXESS Quarterly Newsletter. PP.10
28 January 2016
Other Publications