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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Cognition, Transformation and Lives

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL via Swayam


This course addresses anyone who is interested in change, not the temporary change, but transformation at a deeper, sustained level; whether individual or collective. The course is structured to provide a basic knowledge of Psychology and Neuroscience before using a narrative biography of Mahatma Gandhi to elucidate the process of transformation. It does not look at Mahatma Gandhi’s politics rather at the Man who left behind a model of transformation. We posit it in a scientific analysis here.INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students, professionals, or anyone Interested in MindPREREQUISITES : None. Working knowledge of English. Preferably, listen to Prof. Braj Bhushan’s lectures on NPTEL – Introduction to PsychologyINDUSTRY SUPPORT : Motivational and Self-help programmes


Week 1: Why Do people do what they do?Week 2: Where is the mind?Week 3: Understanding TransformationWeek 4: Gandhi’s process of transformation.

Taught by

Dr. Alok Bajpai

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