Dimitris Xygalatas
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut
Associate Professor,
Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University
President Elect,
International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion
co-Editor,
Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion
Lab:
Experimental Anthropology Lab

Other Affiliations
Cognitive Science Program, University of Connecticut
CT Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science
Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy

About me
I am an anthropologist, amateur photographer, and compulsive traveller. I was born in Greece, but have lived in 7 countries. I received my PhD in Anthropology from the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University Belfast. I have since held positions at the universities of Princeton, Aarhus, and Masaryk, where I served as Director of the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA). I currently hold a joint position between Aarhus University and the University of Connecticut, where I am running the Experimental Anthropology Lab.

My background and research are radically interdisciplinary. I received my training in Anthropology and Cognitive Science, and have since worked in a variety of cross-disciplinary institutions. For my research, I combine scientific methods and technologies with ethnographic fieldwork.

My research Interests include ritual behavior, cooperation, and social bonding. I have conducted several years of fieldwork in Southern Europe and Mauritius, studying the psychological and social effects of extreme rituals and developing a methodology for studying such rituals experimentally in their natural context.

Before becoming a full-time academic, I have worked as a photographer, book editor, and translator (and of course a waiter). I have translated academic books on various topics related to Cognitive Science, the Humanities and Social Sciences, and evolutionary theory (
see my translations).