Dimitris Xygalatas

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Experimental
Anthropology Lab, University of Connecticut
Associate Professor, Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University

What He Studies

The consequences of ritual behavior, with a focus on the performance of high-intensity rituals and developing a methodology for studying these rituals experimentally in their natural contexts.

in the news

Pain Really Does Make Us Gain

Painful rites seem to be a way of engineering the kind of affinity that arises naturally among people who have suffered similar traumatic experiences. Psychologists have also long believed that pain creates exceptional bonds, and researchers have been running experiments.
— The New Yorker


Trial by Fire

From fire-walking to the ice-bucket challenge, ritual pain and suffering forge intense social bonds.
— Aeon Magazine



University of Connecticut
Department of Anthropology
354 Mansfield Road
Unit 1176
Storrs, CT 06029

Email: xygalatas@mac.com