Do extreme religious rituals positively affect the wellbeing of ritual practitioners?
One of the possible explanations for the existence of extreme religious rituals is their positive effect on the wellbeing of the devotees participating in such rituals. Together with the team of our colleagues, we tried to find out whether this is indeed the case.
In doing that, we have decided to focus on the Thaipusam Kavadi ritual held annually by the local Hindu community in Mauritius. In this ritual, the extremeness stems from the practice of devotees piercing their skin with various objects. Utilizing the longitudinal monitoring of various health-related indicators (both objective and subjective in nature), we were able to show that this ritual really has such a positive effect on the psychological well-being of devotees.
You can find the article here: https://bit.ly/2pCcWTk
Does ritual behavior decrease anxiety?
A new publication by Martin Lang, Jan Krátký and Dimitris Xygalatas in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
Open post-doc position
We are looking for a new colleague to join our lab for two years as a post-doc researcher with a specialization in economic games and behavioral experiments.
A new research called “SACRIFICE” has been just launched
It will examine how participation in costly rituals affects the willingness to sacrifice one’s resources during inter-group conflict.
Our Ph.D. students received a grant from the Development Fund of Masaryk University
They will use the money to create a new and innovative course in which they will focus on the evolution of human cooperation and the role that religion played in this process.