Coverage of Dimitris Xygalatas’s work in The New Yorker

Maria Konnikova from The New Yorker covers work of UConn Anthropology faculty Dimitris Xygalatas:

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Pain Really Does Make Us Gain

Last year, Dimitris Xygalatas, the head of the experimental anthropology lab at the University of Connecticut, decided to conduct a curious experiment in Mauritius, during the annual Thaipusam festival, a celebration of the Hindu god Murugan. For the ten days prior to the festival, devotees abstain from meat and sex. As the festival begins, they can choose to show their devotion in the form of several communal rituals…