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Pigmentation and personality traits

Population groups with dark pigmentation are usually more aggressive and violent.

This is the type of research that makes science-phobic liberals come unhinged. It is accepted by the scientific world that pigmentation can be used to predict behavioral traits in many animals. This study shows that the same is true for humans.

The following study was done by two leaders in the field of psychology. The study can be read at

Do pigmentation and the melanocortin system modulate aggression and sexuality in humans as they do in other animals?

J. Philippe Rushton, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5C2
Donald I. Templer, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Fresno, CA 93704, United States


Pigmentation of the hair, skin, cuticle, feather and eye is one of the most salient and variable attributes of vertebrates. In many species, melanin-based coloration is found to be pleiotropically linked to behavior. We review animal studies that have found darker pigmented individuals average higher amounts of aggression and sexual activity than lighter pigmented individuals. We hypothesize that similar relationships between pigmentation, aggression, and sexuality occur in humans. We first review the literature on non-human animals and then review some of the correlates of melanin in people, including aggression and sexual activity. Both within human populations (e.g., siblings), and between populations (e.g., races, nations, states), studies find that darker pigmented people average higher levels of aggression and sexual activity (and also lower IQ). We conceptualize skin color as a multigenerational adaptation to differences in climate over the last 70,000 years as a result of “cold winters theory” and the “Out-of-Africa” model of human origins. We propose life history theory to explain the covariation found between human (and non-human) pigmentation and variables such as birth rate, infant mortality, longevity, rate of HIV/AIDS, and violent crime.

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