Professor Dimitris Xygalatas

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Professor Xygalatas is an anthropologist and cognitive scientist at the University of Connecticut. He has spent more than two decades studying ritual and is passionate about bringing scientific measurements into real-life settings

Professor Dimitris Xygalatas

About Dimitris Xygalatas

Professor Xygalatas is an anthropologist and cognitive scientist at the University of Connecticut, where he directs the Experimental Anthropology Lab.

He studies some of the things that make us human—but not the obvious ones. He says he is mostly interested in those things that may appear puzzling or pointless, but fill our lives with meaning and purpose.

Professor Xygalatas has spent two decades studying ritual, conducting several years of ethnographic research and bringing scientific measurements into real-life settings.

He is the President of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion.

He held positions at the universities of Princeton, Aarhus, and Masaryk, where he served as Director of the Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion (LEVYNA).

He is also a celebrated author, his latest book is on the topic "Ritual: How Seemingly Senseless Acts Make Life Worth Living."

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