Xanthate Duggirala

About meXD

I am an Engineer turned Neuropsychologist pursuing PhD at BAND-lab, Maastricht University.


Voice adaptation and vocal learning

My work broadly focusses on the interactions among cognitive control, emotions and personality.  Understanding the influence of emotion on cognitive control is crucial as both affective and cognitive systems are intrinsically connected and enable coherent behaviour in real life.  In this context, I use fMRI to delineate valence-specific (positive and negative emotions) brain networks during cognitive conflict processing, and further explore the influence of personality traits (such as temperament), and emotional states (e.g., depression, anxiety, stress etc.) on behavioural responses (fast or slow response) in different emotional contexts during conflict processing.

  • Cognitive Control
  • Emotion
  • Individual differences
  • Attentional bias
  • Executive functioning


  • fMRI
  • EEG
  • Behavioural measures
  • Software: SPM, Brainvoyager, Letswave, NBS Presentation, EPRIME, SPSS, Origin Lab

Qualifications and Professional Experience

  • 2017- Present: PhD candidate in BAND-Lab, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • 2016 – 2017: Research assistant, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • 2015- 2017: Research Masters in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht University
  • 2014 – 2015: Neuropsychologist at National Brain Research Centre, India
  • 2012 – 2014: Research and Development Engineer at National Brain Research Centre, India
  • 2009-2011: Masters in Technology (Bio-medical Engineering), Andhra University, India
  • 2009-2011: Masters in Arts (Psychology), Andhra University, India
  • 2005-2009: Bachelors in Engineering (Electronic Instrumentation and Control Engineering), Rajasthan University, India

Selected Publications

  • Duggirala, S.X., Belyk, M., Kanske, P., Kotz, S.A. (in preparation). Differential neural effects of negative and positive emotions on cognitive control.
  • Duggirala, S.X., Saharan, S., Raghunathan, P., Mandal, P.K. (2016). Stimulus-dependent modulation of working memory for identity monitoring: A functional MRI study. Brain and Cognition, 102, 55-64.

For more details please send an email to xanthate.duggirala@maastrichtuniversity.nl