People

Our team at UConn

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Dimitris Xygalatas, Director
Dr. Xygalatas received his PhD in from the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen's University Belfast. He has since held positions at the universities of Princeton (USA), Aarhus (Denmark), and Masaryk (Czech Republic), where he served as Director of the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion.
His research primarily focuses on cultural practices that soothe, excite, unite and divide humans, such as ritual, sports, and music. He has conducted several years of fieldwork in Southern Europe and Mauritius, where he developed integrative methodologies for studying human behavior and cognition by combining ethnographic and experimental methods.
homepage: www.xygalatas.com

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Gabriela Pinto, Graduate Researcher
Gabriela is a doctoral student at the Department of Psychological Sciences at UConn and a researcher at the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action and the Experimental Anthropology Lab. Her research focuses on leisure-time physical activity and behavior, collective action, and complex and intentional dynamic systems.

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Peter Ma┼ło, Fulbright Fellow
Peter is a doctoral student at Comenius University and the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion at Masaryk University. He is currently a Research Fellow in residence at the Experimental Anthropology Lab. His work focuses on the behavioral ecology of ritual behavior.


Michelle Reed, Graduate Researcher


Christopher Manoharan, Graduate Researcher

Undergraduate assistants

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Rachel Tshonas

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Min Kim

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Haley Collins


Sidra Khatri

Evin Bell

Thomas Cariseo


Alumni

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Martin Lang
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University

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Emily Post
Graduate student
University of Utah

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Anika Obasiolu
Medical student
UMass Medical School


Our team in Mauritius

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Manesha Soneea
BA, MA in Social Sciences, University of Mauritius

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Nethi Chunwan
BA in Social Sciences
University of Mauritius

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Tatteea Priya
BCOM in banking & finance
Telfair Institute


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Laura Meunier
MA in Social Sciences
University of Mauritius

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Avishkar Soneea
BA in Law
University of Mauritius

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Mehreen Rughony
Bsc in Social Work, Msc in Development Studies University of Mauritius


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Vishnen Moothoosamy
MA in Marketing Management


International collaborators

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Andreas Roepstorff
Aarhus University Denmark
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Ron Fischer
Reader, Victoria University of Wellington

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Benjamin Grant Purzycki
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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Will Gervais
Psychology Department, University of Kentuky

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Eva Kundtová Klocová
Masaryk University
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Paul Reddish
Anthropology Department, University of Oxford

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Radek Kundt
Masaryk University
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Michiel Van Elk
University of Amsterdam

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Jan Kratky
Masaryk University
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Michaela Porubanova
Farmingdale State College

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Ryan McKay
Royal Holloway, University of London
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Dr. Ángel Gómez Jiménez
Universidad National de Distancia

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Dr. Alexandra Vázquez Botana
Universidad National de Distancia
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Mercedes Martínez Díaz
Universidad National de Distancia

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Chris Kavanagh
Anthropology, University of Oxford
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Christopher M. Jackson
University of Otago