Dr Kesson Magid

kesson magid



Research Affiliate

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Twitter: @kesson

I’m a biological anthropologist interested in ecological and cultural influences upon human health, in particular early life influences on adult cognitive, reproductive, and immune traits.

My postdoctoral work investigated cross-cultural variations in cognitive styles. The project included fieldwork collection of data on transgenerational variations in cognition among Bengali migrants, experiments on learning and social transmission, and measures of geographic and cultural variations in social cognition, perception and learning styles. 

My doctoral work studied the effects of migration and lifestyle upon the reproductive hormones and health of Bengali men residing in London UK and Sylhet, Bangladesh.

As a postgraduate research fellow, I evaluated psychosocial influences on cardiovascular function, with a focus on the influences of mental stress and correlations between markers of inflammation, socioeconomic position and psychological personality characteristics.

Recently, I have lectured and tutored at the School in the subjects of evolutionary medicine, quantitative methods, cognitive and evolutionary anthropology, human evolution and behaviour. I’ve also assisted on the Reproducible Research Oxford project, and a member of the Oxford Applied Evolutionary Anthropology research group.

Research Interests

  • Cultural variations in social cognition
  • Human reproductive ecology
  • Testosterone and male life history
  • Human migration and health
  • Neuroendocrine and cardiovascular responses to psychosocial stress
  • Psychology of stress and status