Kanazawa, Satoshi

Dr Satoshi Kanazawa  


Position held

Associate Professor (Reader)


Experience keywords:

evolutionary psychology; intelligence; marriage institutions: monogamy vs. polygyny; physical attractiveness; sex differences in behaviour

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Dr Kanazawa's research focuses on the introduction of evolutionary psychology into all of the social sciences: sociology, psychology, economics, political science, and anthropology. A common theme in his otherwise varied work is the nature and limitations of the human brain, and the consequences for modern human social life of the human brain's difficulty in comprehending and dealing with entities and situations that did not exist in the ancestral environment.

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7297



Kanazawa, Satoshi and Hu, Shihao and Larere, Adrien (2018) Why do very unattractive workers earn so much? Economics and Human Biology, 29. 189-197. ISSN 1570-677X

Woodley of Menie, Michael A. and Fernandes, Heitor B. F. and Kanazawa, Satoshi and Dutton, Edward (2018) Sinistrality is associated with (slightly) lower general intelligence: a data synthesis and consideration of secular trend data in handedness HOMO. ISSN 0018-442X

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Still, Mary C. (2018) Is there really a beauty premium or an ugliness penalty on earnings? Journal of Business and Psychology, 33 (2). 249-262. ISSN 0889-3268


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2017) Higher intelligence and later maternal age : which way does the causal direction go? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65 (8). 1884-1885. ISSN 0002-8614

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2017) Possible evolutionary origins of human female sexual fluidity Biological Reviews, 92 (3). 1251-1274. ISSN 1464-7931


Diener, Ed and Kanazawa, Satoshi and Suh, Eunkook M. and Oishi, Shigehiro (2015) Why people are in a generally good mood Personality and Social Psychology Review, 19 (3). 235-256. ISSN 1088-8683


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2014) General intelligence, disease heritability, and health: a preliminary test Personality and Individual Differences, 71. 83-85. ISSN 0191-8869

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2014) Why is intelligence associated with stability of happiness? British Journal of Psychology, 105 (3). 316-337. ISSN 0007-1269


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2013) Childhood intelligence and adult obesity Obesity, 21 (3). 434-440. ISSN 1930-7381

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Fontaine, Linus (2013) Intelligent people defect more in a one-shot prisoner’s dilemma game Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 6 (3). 201-213. ISSN 1937-321X


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2012) Intelligence and homosexuality Journal of Biosocial Science, 44 (5). 595-623. ISSN 0021-9320

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2012) Intelligence, birth order, and family size Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38 (9). 1157-1164. ISSN 0146-1672

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2012) The evolution of general intelligence Personality and Individual Differences, 53 (2). 90-93. ISSN 0191-8869


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2011) Intelligence and physical attractiveness Intelligence, 39 (1). 7-14. ISSN 0160-2896

Lynn, R. and Kanazawa, Satoshi (2011) A longitudinal study of sex differences in intelligence at ages 7, 11 and 16 years Personality and Individual Differences, 51 (3). 321-324. ISSN 0191-8869

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2011) Beautiful British parents have more daughters Reproductive Sciences, 18 (4). 353-358. ISSN 1933-7191


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2010) Evolutionary psychology and intelligence research American Psychologist, 65 (4). 279-289. ISSN 0003-066X

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2010) Why liberals and atheists are more intelligent Social Psychology Quarterly, 73 (1). 33-57. ISSN 0190-2725

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Hellberg, Josephine E. E. U. (2010) Intelligence and substance use Review of General Psychology, 14 (4). 382-396. ISSN 1089-2680


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2009) Evolutionary psychology and crime In: Walsh, Anthony and Beaver, Kevin M., (eds.) Biosocial Criminology: New Directions in Theory and Research. Criminology and justice studies. Routledge, Oxford, UK, 90-110. ISBN 9780415989435

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2009) Evolutionary psychological foundations of civil wars Journal of Politics, 71 (01). 25-34. ISSN 0022-3816

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Savage, Joanne (2009) An evolutionary psychological perspective on social capital Journal of Economic Psychology, 30 (6). 873-883. ISSN 0167-4870

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Perina, Kaja (2009) Why night owls are more intelligent Personality and Individual Differences, 47 (7). 685-690. ISSN 0191-8869

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Reyniers, Diane J. (2009) The role of height in the sex difference in intelligence American Journal of Psychology, 122 (4). 527-536. ISSN 0002-9556

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Apari, Péter (2009) Sociosexually unrestricted parents have more sons: A further application of the generalized Trivers-Willard hypothesis (gTWH) Annals of Human Biology, 36 (3). 320-330. ISSN 0301-4460


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2008) Theft In: Duntley, Joshua and Shackelford, Todd K., (eds.) Evolutionary Forensic Psychology: Darwinian Foundations of Crime and Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 160-175. ISBN 9780195325188

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2008) Are schizophrenics more religious?: do they have more daughters? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31 (3). 272-273. ISSN 0140-525X

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2008) Temperature and evolutionary novelty as forces behind the evolution of general intelligence Intelligence, 36 (2). 99-108. ISSN 0160-2896


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2007) The g-culture coevolution In: Gangestad, Steven W. and Simpson, Jeffry A., (eds.) The Evolution of Mind: Fundamental Questions and Controversies. Guilford Press, New York, USA, 313-318. ISBN 9781593854089

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2007) Mating intelligence and general intelligence as independent constructs In: Geher, Glenn and Miller, Geoffrey, (eds.) Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind's Reproductive System. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Oxford, UK, 283-310. ISBN 9780805857481

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Miller, Alan (2007) Why beautiful people have more daughters: from dating, shopping, and praying to going to war and becoming a billionaire: two evolutionary psychologists explain why we do what we do 1st, Perigee Book, New York. ISBN 0399533656

Miller, Alan S. and Kanazawa, Satoshi (2007) 10 politically incorrect truths about human nature Psychology Today, 40 (4). 88-95. ISSN 0033-3107


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2005) Is "discrimination" necessary to explain the sex gap in earnings? Journal of Economic Psychology, 26 (2). 269-287. ISSN 0167-4870

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Vandermassen, Griet (2005) Engineers have more sons, nurses have more daughters: an evolutionary psychological extension of Baren-Cohen's extreme male brain theory of autism Journal of Theoretical Biology, 233 (4). 589-599. ISSN 0022-5193

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2005) The myth of racial discrimination in pay in the United States Managerial and Decision Economics, 26 (5). 285-294. ISSN 0143-6570

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2005) Who lies on surveys, and what can we do about it? Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, 30 (3). 361-370. ISSN 0278-839X

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Novak, Deanna L. (2005) Human sexual dimorphism in size may be triggered by environmental cues Journal of Biosocial Science, 37 (5). 657-665. ISSN 0300-9645

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2005) Big and tall parents have more sons: further generalizations of the Trivers-Willard hypothesis Journal of Theoretical Biology, 235 (4). 583-590. ISSN 0022-5193

Yamagishi, Toshio and Kanazawa, Satoshi and Mashima, Rie and Terai, Shigeru (2005) Separating trust from cooperation in a dynamic relationship: prisoner’s dilemma with variable dependence Rationality and Society, 17 (3). 275-308. ISSN 1043-4631


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2004) General intelligence as a domain-specific adaptation Psychological Review, 111 (2). 512-523. ISSN 0033-295X

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2004) The Savanna principle Managerial and Decision Economics, 25 (1). 41-54. ISSN 0143-6570

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Savage, J (2004) Social capital and the human psyche: why is social life "capital"? Sociological Theory, 22 (3). 504-524. ISSN 0735-2751

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Kovar, JL (2004) Why beautiful people are more intelligent Intelligence, 32 (3). 227-243. ISSN 0160-2896

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2004) Social sciences are branches of biology Socio-Economic Review, 2 (3). 371-390. ISSN 1475-1461


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2003) The relativity of relative satisfaction Evolution and Human Behavior, 24 (1). 71-73. ISSN 1090-5138

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2003) Why productivity fades with age: the crime-genius connection Journal of Research in Personality, 37 (4). 257-272. ISSN 0092-6566

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2003) Can evolutionary psychology explain reproductive behavior in the contemporary United States? Sociological Quarterly, 44 (2). 291-302. ISSN 0038-0253

Toshio, Yamagishi and Tanida, Shigehito and Mashima, Rie and Shimoma, Eri and Kanazawa, Satoshi (2003) You can judge a book by its cover: evidence that cheaters may look different from cooperators Evolution and Human Behavior, 24 (4). 290-301. ISSN 1090-5138

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2003) Reading shadows on Plato's cave wall American Sociological Review, 68 (1). 159-160. ISSN 0003-1224

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2003) A general evolutionary psychological theory of criminality and related male-typical behavior In: Walsh, Anthony and Ellis, Lee, (eds.) Biosocial Criminology : Challenging Environmentalism’s Supremacy. Nova Science Publishers, New York, US, (chapter 3) 37-60. ISBN 9781590337745


Savage, Joanne and Kanazawa, Satoshi (2002) Social capital, crime and human nature Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 18 (2). 188-211. ISSN 1043-9862

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2002) Bowling with our imaginary friends Evolution and Human Behavior, 23 (3). 167-171. ISSN 1090-5138


Kanazawa, Satoshi (2001) De gustibus est disputandum Social Forces, 79 (3). 1131-1163. ISSN 0037-7732

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2001) Science vs. history: a reply to MacDonald Social Forces, 80 (1). 349-352. ISSN 0037-7732

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Frerichs, Rebecca L. (2001) Why single men might abhor foreign cultures Social Biology, 48 (3-4). 321-328. ISSN 0037-766X

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2001) Why we love our children American Journal of Sociology, 106 (6). 1761-1776. ISSN 0002-9602

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2001) Why father absence might precipitate early menarche: the role of polygyny Evolution and Human Behavior, 22 (5). 329-334. ISSN 1090-5138

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2001) A bit of logic goes a long way: a reply to Sanderson Social Forces, 80 (1). 337-341. ISSN 0037-7732

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2001) Where do social structures come from? Advances in Group Processes, 18. 161-183. ISSN 0882-6145


Miller, Allan and Kanazawa, Satoshi (2000) Order by accident: the origins and consequences of conformity in contemporary Japan Westview Press, Boulder, CO. ISBN 9780813339214

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Still, Mary (2000) Parental investment as a game of chicken Politics and the Life Sciences, 19 (1). 17-26. ISSN 0730-9384

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Still, Mary C. (2000) Teaching may be hazardous to your marriage Evolution and Human Behavior, 21 (3). 185-190. ISSN 1090-5138

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Still, Mary C. (2000) Why men commit crimes (and why they desist) Sociological Theory, 18 (3). 434-447. ISSN 0735-2751

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2000) Scientific discoveries as cultural displays: a further test of Miller's courtship model Evolution and Human Behavior, 21 (5). 317-321. ISSN 1090-5138

Kanazawa, Satoshi (2000) A new solution to the collective action problem: the paradox of voter turnout American Sociological Review, 65 (3). 433-442. ISSN 0003-1224


Kanazawa, Satoshi and Friedman, Debra (1999) The state's contribution to social order in national societies: Somalia as an illustrative case Journal of Political and Military Sociology, 27. 1-20. ISSN 0047-2697

Friedman, Debra and Hechter, Michael and Kanazawa, Satoshi (1999) Theories of the value of children: a new approach In: Leete, Richard, (ed.) The Dynamics of Values in Fertility Change. International studies in demography, Vol. 1. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 19-50. ISBN 9780198294399

Kanazawa, Satoshi (1999) Using laboratory experiments to test theories of corporate behavior Rationality and Society, 11 (4). 443-461. ISSN 1043-4631

Kanazawa, Satoshi and Still, Mary C. (1999) Why monogamy? Social Forces, 78 (1). 25-50. ISSN 0037-7732

Kanazawa, Satoshi (1999) Testing macro organizational theories in laboratory experiments Social Science Research, 28 (1). 66-87. ISSN 0049-089X


Kanazawa, Satoshi (1998) A brief note on a further refinement of the Condorcet Jury Theorem for heterogeneous groups Mathematical Social Sciences, 35 (1). 69-73. ISSN 0165-4896

Kanazawa, Satoshi (1998) In defense of unrealistic assumptions Sociological Theory, 16 (2). 193-204. ISSN 0735-2751

Kanazawa, Satoshi (1998) A possible solution to the paradox of voter turnout Journal of Politics, 60 (4). 974-995. ISSN 0022-3816


Kanazawa, Satoshi (1997) A solidaristic theory of social order Advances in Group Processes, 14. 81-111. ISSN 0882-6145

Hechter, Michael and Kanazawa, Satoshi (1997) Sociological rational choice theory Annual Review of Sociology, 23. 191-214. ISSN 0360-0572


Hechter, Michael and Kanazawa, Satoshi (1993) Group solidarity and social order in Japan Journal of Theoretical Politics, 5 (4). 455-493. ISSN 1460-3667


Hechter, Michael and Friedman, Debra and Kanazawa, Satoshi (1992) The attainment of global order in heterogeneous societies In: Coleman, James Samuel and Fararo, Thomas J., (eds.) Rational Choice Theory: Advocacy and Critique. SAGE Publications, London, UK, 79-97. ISBN 9780803947627

Kanazawa, Satoshi (1992) Outcome or expectancy?: antecedent of spontaneous causal attribution Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 18 (6). 659-668. ISSN 0146-1672

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