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Recent news from the Department of Anthropology at UConn

Guest Lecture by Nicholas J. Conard – Thursday October 11, 4 pm

Nicholas J. Conard is a professor of Anthropology, currently the director of the Department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, at the University of Tübingen, Germany. This lecture will detail recent archaeological finding on the evolution of art and music. The location is the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium (UConn, Storrs). The time is 4 pm on Thursday October the 11th, 2018. More details in the flier here.

Department Alumnus Co-Author of Science Paper on Early Humans’ Use of Symbolism and Technology

LeslieUConn Anthropology Department alumnus, David Leslie, is co-author of a new paper published in Science Magazine that examines evidence of symbolic and technological innovation of early Homo sapiens at a series of Middle Stone Age sites in southern Kenya. The evidence shows that hominins at the sites dating to around 320 years ago made prepare cored and points, and extracted red pigments from iron-rich rocks. This evidence has important implications for the social and cognitive evolution of humans

Dimitris Xygalatas’ Article on Holiday Rituals and Traditions

Dimitris XygalatasIn a recent article published for the online media outlet The Conversation, Dimitris Xygalatas, UCONN Assistant Professor of Anthropology, examines the anthropological roots and effects of established holiday rituals, including reducing anxiety, promoting sharing, and maintaining and strengthening family ties. The Conversation is a not-for-profit media outlet for scientific and academic news, and reports a monthly online audience of 5.2 million users onsite, and reaches around 35 million people through “creative commons republication.”

 

 

Dimitris Xygalatas on Religion, Morality, and Psychology of Rituals

Dimitris XygalatasDimitris Xygalatas’ latest publications focus on the issues of morality and psychology of rituals. Professor Xygalatas is coauthor of a paper in the latest issue of Personality and Social Psychology Review entitled “The Psychology of Rituals: An Integrative Review and Process-Based Framework.” With growing interest among psychologists in rituals and the causal mechanisms of ritual behavior, this paper serves to “provide an organizing framework to understand recent empirical work from social psychology, cognitive science, anthropology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience.” In a second publication for the online media outlet The Conversation, Dimitris tackles patterns of distrust among religious people toward atheism and irreligious people, and the relationship between religious prejudice, morality, and belief. The Conversation is a not-for-profit media outlet for scientific and academic news, and reports a monthly online audience of 5.2 million users onsite, and reaches around 35 million people through “creative commons republication.” Dimitris Xygalatas is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCONN.