The Experimental Anthropology Lab is dedicated to developing a paradigm for studying human culture scientifically in real-life settings. It promotes methodological innovation and integration in the study of human cognition and behavior through a combination of in-depth qualitative and quantitative field research, controlled experimentation, and advanced technological tools.

Our lab space in Storrs is equipped with state-of-the-art portable technology for behavioral and physiological monitoring in lab and field settings. Measures include:

Physiological monitoring (GSR, HRV, Sleep Efficiency, enabled for EMG, EEG, eye-tracking, and more)
Behavioral monitoring (actigraphy, motion detection, economic experiments, and more)
Affective monitoring (pain, discomfort, and more)
Sociometric monitoring (interpersonal distance, turn-taking, network cohesion, postural mimicry, and more)

Our field station in Mauritius, called the Mauritian Laboratory for Experimental Anthropology (MALEXA), provides an extensive network of local assistants, collaborators, gatekeepers and field sites, and an ideal setting for naturalistic studies, which in turn generate new questions and a need for new methodological tools.

The relationship between our lab and field work is thus dynamic and continuous. Our main areas of focus include the cognitive and biological underpinnings of human bonding and cooperation, in various domains such as ritual behavior, sports, and music.

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