Peter Maňo, M.A., PhD.

evolutionary and cognitive anthropology, religion, ritual, Mauritius

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3961-3157
tel.: 02-5296 4707, ext. 112

Education: Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University , dep.: Social anthropology, 2019; Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University & LEVYNA, dep.: Religious studies, ongoing;
Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen’s University Belfast, spec.: Cognition & Culture, 2012
Qualifications, scientific and honorary titles obtained: M.A. (2012), PhD. (2019)
Spoken languages: English, German, Mauritian Kreol
Employed at the Institute since: 2019

Research Projects

Specific research EVAKON  – Evolutionary and cognitive research of religion (MUNI/A/1444/2020)

Collective rituals as social regulation tools; project VEGA 2/0102/19; 2019 – 2022

Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion, Masaryk University, Czechia; Project LEVYNA CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.048; 2011 – 2014 (member of the project since 2012)

Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium: The Evolution of Religion and Morality Project, 2013 – 2016


Experimental research, HUME LAB, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, 2018/2019

Ethnographic methods, Interdisciplinary Ethnographic Field School Aarhus University, 2015 – 2016

Human behavioral ecology, Interdisciplinary Ethnographic Field School Aarhus University, 2015 – 2016

Anthropology of Religion, Dep. Of Social anthropology, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, 2013/2014

Field data analysis, Dep. Of Social anthropology, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, 2013/2014

Stays abroad

Experimental Anthropology Lab, Anthropology Department, University of Connecticut, 2016-2018

Department of History and Political Science, University of Mauritius, 2015-2016

Anthropology department, University of East London, fall semester 2009/2010

Awards & Scholarships

John McGraw Award for best student contribution at the 7th Biennal Meeting of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion , 2018

Fulbright scholarship, 2017/2018

National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic, 2016/2017

Tatra bank: „Študenti do sveta,“ 2016/2017

Queen's University Belfast: Degree Plus Award (for activities beyond academic study program), 2011/2012 |


Academic papers

(2021). Xygalatas, D., Maňo, P. & Baranowski Pinto, G. Ritualization increases the perceived efficacy of instrumental actions. Cognition, 215, 1-6. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

(2018). Xygalatas, D., Kotherová, S., Maňo, P. , Kundt, R., Cigán, J., Kundtová Klocová, E., & Lang, M. Big Gods in Small Places: The Random Allocation Game in Mauritius. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8 (2), 243-261. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis Group.

(2016). Xygalatas, D., Kundtová Klocová, E., Cigán, J., Kundt, R., Maňo, P ., Kotherová, S., Mitkidis, P., Wallot, S. & Kanovsky, M. Location, location, location: Effects of cross-religious primes on prosocial behaviour. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 26( 4), 3014-319. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis Group.

(2014). Jerotijevič, D., Maňo, P. Rituál a mysl: Kognitivní a evoluční teorie rituálu (Ritual and the Mind: Cognitive and Evolutionary Theories of Ritual – Published in Czech). Pantheon, 9(1), 139-166. Pardubice: Univerzita Pardubice.

(2014). Maňo, P. Rituály ako nákladné signály: Experimentálna antropológia a jej využitie pri zbere dát na Mauríciu (Rituals as Costly Signals: Experimental Anthropology and its Application in Data Collection in Mauritius – Published in Slovak). Speculum, 6(3), 22-33. Bratislava: Slovenská asociácia sociálnej antropológie.

(2012). Maňo, P. Medzikultúrny výskum morálnych a náboženských intuícií (Intercultural Research of Moral and Religious Intuitions - Published in Slovak). In T. Bužeková, & D. Jerotijević (Eds.), Metodologické problémy etnografického výskumu, (pp. 122-131). Brno: Ústav etnológie Slovenskej akadémie vied.