Victoria Rostovtseva

The evolution of human cooperation

I am currently running an empirical project on human cooperation under supervision of Franjo Weissing. The project is based on our experiment, which we conducted in Groningen in 2017.
During my research experience I have designed and conducted several experimental studies on human cooperation (Moscow, 2016; Groningen, 2017; Siberia, 2017, 2019; Tula, 2020, 2021), and I’m still on the way to obtaining my PhD: in Moscow (on human facial sexual dimorphism: Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University, supervisor prof. Marina Butovskaya), and in Groningen (on human cooperation: University of Groningen, supervisor prof. Franz J. Weissing).
My main research interests are human evolution, cooperation, communication, cross-cultural studies, behavioural endocrinology, behavioural genetics, human morphology, human physiology, biological and cultural evolution.

  • Butovskaya, M., Burkova, V., Apalkova, Y., Dronova, D., Rostovtseva, V., et al. (2021). Sex, population origin, age and average digit length as predictors of digit ratio in three large world populations. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-17.
  • Rostovtseva, V. V., Weissing, F. J., et al. (2020). Sex differences in cooperativeness — An experiment with Buryats in Southern Siberia. PloS One, 15(9), e0239129.
  • Rostovtseva, V. V., et al. (2020). Second-to-fourth digit ratio and facial shape in Buryats of Southern Siberia. Early Human Development, 149, 105138.
  • Rostovtseva, V. V., et al. (2020). Sexual dimorphism in facial shape of modern Buryats of Southern Siberia. American Journal of Human Biology, 33(2), e23458.
  • Butovskaya, M., Rostovtseva, V., et al. (2020). Oxytocin receptor gene polymorphism (rs53576) and digit ratio associates with aggression: comparison in seven ethnic groups. Journal of physiological anthropology, 39(1), 1-15.
  • Rostovtseva, V., et al. (2019). 2d: 4d, Big fives and aggression in young men of Caucasian, Ural and Asian origin. Social Evolution and History, 18(1), 110-126.
  • …and numerous publications in Russian… 🙂