Marina Butovskaya

Speech title:
Aggression and reproduction in non-industrial societies: do you need to be violent to obtein better reproductive success?


Marina L. Butovskaya is Professor, Dr. Habil., Head of the Department of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Human Ethology, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and Principal Researcher and Professor of the International Center of Anthropology, National Research University, Higher School of Economics,

Moscow, Russia. Graduated from the Department of Anthropology, Biological Faculty of Moscow State University. 

Her main research interests include evolutionary basis of human social behavior, specially aggression and reconciliation, conflict management and cooperation, partner choice, behavior genetics. Fieldwork: rural Tanzania (hunters and gatherers, pastoralists, and farmers), Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Central Russia, Kalmykia, Far East, Armenia.

 Author and co-authors of over 350 articles and 7 monographs on various topics of anthropology, primate and human ethology, and evolutionary psychology. Main papers, published: Aggression, Digit Ratio, and Variation in the Androgen Receptor, Serotonin Transporter, and Dopamine D4 Receptor Genes in African Foragers: The Hadza. Behavior Genetics, 2012; Wife-battering and traditional methods of its control in contemporary Datoga Pastoralists of Tanzania. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 2012; Aggression and Conflict Resolution among the Nomadic Hadza of Tanzania as Compared with their Pastoralist Neighbors. In: War, Peace, and Human Nature, Oxford University Press, 2013; Aggression and polymorphisms in AR, DAT1, DRD2, and COMT genes in Datoga pastoralists of Tanzania. Scientific Reports, 2013; Digit ratio (2D:4D), aggression and dominance in the Hadza and the Datoga of Tanzania. American Journal of Human Biology, 2015; Redirection of Aggression and Consolation in Hamadryas Baboons. Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology, 2015; Androgen Receptor Gene Polymorphism, Aggression, and Reproduction in Tanzanian Foragers and Pastoralists. PloS one, 2015; Waist-to-hip ratio, body-mass index, age and number of children in seven traditional societies. Scientific Reports, 2017; Associations of physical strength with facial shape in an African pastoralist society, the Maasai of Northern Tanzania. PloS one, 2018; Assessment of physical strength from gait: data from the Maasai of Tanzania. Biology letters, 2019; The association between 2D: 4D ratio and aggression in children and adolescents: cross-cultural and gender differences. Early Human Development, 2019.  

Member of International Society for Human Ethnology and European Anthropological Association.