Aurelio José Figueredo

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Aurelio José Figueredo is an American evolutionary psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, where he is also the director of the Ethology and Evolutionary Psychology Laboratory.[1] He received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of California, Riverside with a dissertation entitled The statistical measurement, developmental mechanisms, and adaptive ecological functions of conditioned host selection in the parasitoid jewel wasp. His doctoral advisor was Lewis Petrinovich.[2] He is known for his research on personality, such as a 1997 study in which he and James E. King developed the Hominoid Personality Questionnaire to measure the Big Five personality traits in chimpanzees.[3][4][5]

As of 2018, Figueredo was identified by the Associated Press as the only U.S. scientific researcher receiving funding from the Pioneer Fund, a non-profit institute which promotes scientific racism and eugenics. A Pioneer Fund grant was given to the University of Arizona, and was used by Figueredo to attend the 2016 London Conference on Intelligence, where presentations on eugenics are given.[6][7] Figueredo has also reviewed papers for Mankind Quarterly, a journal which has advocated for racial hierarchy, and in 2009 coauthored a paper for the journal with J. Philippe Rushton, the Pioneer Fund's president at the time. Figueredo has disavowed eugenics and racial inferiority.[6]


  1. ^ "Aurelio José Figueredo". University of Arizona. Retrieved 2017-09-09.
  2. ^ "Aurelio José Figueredo CV". University of Arizona. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  3. ^ King, James E.; Figueredo, Aurelio José (1997-06-01). "The Five-Factor Model plus Dominance in Chimpanzee Personality". Journal of Research in Personality. 31 (2): 257–271. doi:10.1006/jrpe.1997.2179.
  4. ^ Viegas, Jen (2017-10-24). "Wild Chimp Personalities Remain Unchanged Over Time". Seeker. Group Nine Media. Retrieved 2017-10-26.[unreliable source?]
  5. ^ Dutton, Kevin (2012-10-16). The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success. Macmillan. p. 227. ISBN 9780374291358.
  6. ^ a b Kunzelman, Michael (August 24, 2018). "University of Arizona accepted $458,000 from infamous eugenics fund". azcentral. Associated Press. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (10 September 2018). "Arizona psychologist faces scrutiny for grants from organization founded to support research in eugenics". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

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