"To the extent that there is a common theme tying my research together, it is that I study human social behavior from an evolutionary perspective. I am especially interested in understanding the psychology of everyday life. Why do we enjoy gossip about celebrities? Why do some people name their children after themselves while others do not? How do 21st century social networking tools such as Facebook satisfy prehistoric social needs? Pursuing answers to questions like this keeps me pretty busy. My current research projects are looking at the roots of heroic behavior, the psychology of gossip, and the dynamics of social interaction over the internet. I am also interested in environmental psychology, which is the study of the relationship between people and their physical environments, both natural and human-made. I have written a successful textbook in this area, Environmental Psychology, that has been translated into Chinese. I am particularly proud of the fact that at least 75 of my former students have gone on to complete a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field."
Years at Knox: 1979 to present
Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, 1981, University of Maine.
B.S., Psychology, 1974, King's College.
Introductory psychology, social psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, statistics, evolution and human behavior, environmental psychology, history and systems of psychology.
Full Curriculum Vitae - (PDF)
Profiles of McAndrew's research have been featured in over 300 popular print and internet outlets, including the following: The Times of London, Time Magazine, Reader's Digest, New York Times, ABC News, MSNBC.com, Chicago Tribune, Scientific American, Boston Globe, Associated Press, Psychology Today, APA Monitor on Psychology, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate.com, Salon.com, The Huffington Post, New York Time's Magazine, Woman's Day Magazine, Men's Health Magazine, USA Today, Self Magazine, Midwest Living, Forbes Woman Magazine, Science and Religion Today, and The Montreal Gazette.
His research has also been featured in two documentary films and more than three dozen radio and television interviews including: "Breakfast with Geraldine Doogue" (Australia), CBC & CKLW (Canada), Canadian Broadcasting Company, "The Todd Mundt Show" (NPR), "Counterpoint" (Kingston, Jamaica), WGN (Chicago), Morning Edition (NPR), WABC (New York), WMBD Radio (Peoria), WBBM TV (CBS - Chicago), The CBS Morning Show, & NBC's Today Show. His research was even lampooned by Jay Leno in his monologue on "The Tonight Show"(07-20-07).
Who's Who in Science and Engineering.
Who's Who in American Education.
Who's Who in America.
University of Maine Fellow.
Charter Fellow, Midwestern Psychological Association.
Knox Faculty Exceptional Achievement Award, 1999 & 2009.
Recognized as the Journal of Environmental Psychology's "Most Prolific Reviewer" for 2007.
Awarded Fellow Status in the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in recognition of sustained outstanding contributions to the advancement of psychological science, 2007.
Identified as one of the "key individuals" in the history of environmental psychology by a survey of over 300 researchers in the field, 2005.
Nominee, CASE Professor of the Year, 2005.
Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award, 2003.
Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching, 1983, 2000.
"Is Self-Sacrificial Competitive Altruism Primarily a Male Activity?" Co-authored with Knox graduate Carin Perilloux '03 Evolutionary Psychology 10 (2012): 50-65.
"Who Does What on Facebook? Age, Sex, and Relationship Status as Predictors of Facebook Use." Co-authored with Knox Student Hye Sun Jeong '11, Computers in Human Behavior 28 (2012): 2359-2365.
"The Selfish Hero: A Study of the Individual Benefits of Self-Sacrificial Prosocial Behavior." Co-authored with Knox graduate Carin Perilloux '03, Psychological Reports 111 (2012): 27-43.
"Electronic Person Perception: What Do We Infer about People from the Style of Their E-mail Messages?" Co-authored with Knox student Chelsea De Jonge '10, Social Psychological and Personality Science 2 (2011): 403-407.
"Violent Lyrics in Heavy Metal Music Can Increase Aggression in Males." Co-authored with Knox student John Mast '10, North American Journal of Psychology 13 (2011): 63-64.
"Can Gossip be Good?" In M. Cunningham (Ed.), The Reader's Edge: Book Two. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
"Parents' Divorce is More Strongly Related to the Self-Perceived Promiscuity and Drinking Behavior of Male than of Female College Students." Co-authored with Knox student Erica L. Stringfellow, '08, Journal of College Student Development 51 (2010): 599-600.
"The Interacting Roles of Testosterone and Challenges to Status in Human Male Aggression." Aggression and Violent Behavior 14 (2009): 330-335.
"Can Gossip be Good?" Scientific American Mind Magazine 19 (Cover Story October/November 2008): 26-33.
"Guns, Testosterone, and Aggression." Co-authored with Associate Professor of Psychology Tim Kasser and Knox student Jennifer Klinesmith '05, in Readings in Social Psychology: General, Classic, and Contemporary Selections (7th Ed.), by Wayne A. Lesko (Ed.), Allyn & Bacon Publishers, 2008.
"The Psychology of Gossip." Psychology Teacher Network 17 (2008): 5-7.
"Love Gossip? Don't worry. It's Only Human Nature." The Knox Magazine 92 (2008): 14-15.
"Celebrities: From Teachers to Friends. A Test of Two Hypotheses on the Adaptiveness of Celebrity Gossip." Co-authored with C. De Backer, M. Neliseen, P. Vyncke, and J. Braeckman. Human Nature 18 (2007): 334-354.
"Beliefs about Gender Differences in Methods and Causes for Suicide." Co-authored with Knox student Andy Garrison, '04. Archives of Suicide Research 11 (2007): 271-279.
"Who Do We Tell, and Whom Do We Tell On? Gossip as a Strategy for Status Enhancement." Co-authored with Knox students Emily Bell '04 and Maria Garcia '02, Journal of Applied Social Psychology 37 (2007): 1562-1577.
"Female Infidelity and Paternal Uncertainty: Evolutionary Perspectives on Male Anti-cuckoldry Tactics." A review of a book by the same title by S. M. Platek & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Cambridge University Press, The Journal of Mind and Behavior 27 (2006): 367-371.
"A Laboratory Simulation of Parental Investment Decisions: The Role of Future Reproductive Opportunity and Offspring Quality in Determining Levels of Parental Investment." Co-authored with Knox student Stefanie Turner '04. Evolutionary Psychology 4 (2006): 197-207.
"Guns, Testosterone, and Aggression: An Experimental Test of a Mediational Model." Co-authored with Knox student Jennifer Klinesmith '05 and Knox Associate Professor of Psychology Tim Kasser. Psychological Science 17 (2006): 568-571.
"How Do We Decide Who Our Friends Are? Defining Levels of Friendship in Poland and the United States." Co-authored with Knox student Anna Rybak '03. Journal of Social Psychology 146 (2006): 147-163.
"The Mating Strategies and Mate Preferences of Mail Order Brides." Co-authored with Bibiana Paez Minervini '03. Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science 40 (2006): 111-129.
"Does hormonal birth control disrupt the assessment of mate quality through kissing?" Co-authored with Knox students Victoria Klimaj '13, Zach Lawrence '12, Joey Knutson '14, Liz King '13, and Danny Schaefer '13. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami, Florida, 2013.
"Does self-monitoring predict interest in gossip?" Co-authored with Knox student Amelia Goranson '14. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami, Florida, 2013.
"Creepiness." Co-authored with Knox student Sara Koehnke '12. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, 2013.
"Academic Careers at Teaching-Focused Institutions." Presentation and panel discussion sponsored by the graduate school of the University of Missouri - Columbia as part of their "Preparing Future Faculty" program, 2012.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Facebook: mate seeking, status signaling, and the maintenance of kinship networks." Co-authored with former Knox student Hye Sun Jeong '11, presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2012.
"The Selfish Hero?" An invited address at the University of Limerick, Ireland, 2011.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip." Invited talk in the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri - Columbia, 2011.
"Teaching careers at liberal arts colleges." Workshop presentation sponsored by the graduate school of the University of Missouri - Columbia as part of their "Preparing Future Faculty" program, 2011.
"The Selfish hero?" Invited talk in the Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri - Columbia, 2011.
"The Gender and personality Dynamics of Self-Sacrificial 'Heroic' Behavior in Mixed-Sex Groups." Co-authored with Knox graduate Carin Perilloux '03, at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Montpellier, France, 2011.
"The Science of Gossip: Why You Can't Stop Yourself." Keynote address at the annual ILLOWA Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Monmouth, Illinois, 2011.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip." Invited Presentation at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, 2011.
"Who Becomes a Hero and What Happens to Them? A Study of Self-Sacrificial Behavior in Small Female Groups." Co-authored with Knox graduate Carin Perilloux '03, Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Eugene, Oregon, 2010.
"The Evolutionary Psychology Of Gossip," DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 2010.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip," the University of Missouri at St. Louis, 2010.
"What should study abroad in psychology be about?" International Educators Workshop sponsored by the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009.
"The Selfish Hero? A Study of the Individual Benefits of Self-Sacrificial Behavior in Small Groups." Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Fullerton, California, 2009.
"Evolutionary Perspectives on Popular Culture." University of Chicago, 2008 and 2009.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip." Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, 2008.
"Information Age Media and Stone Age Minds: How the Entertainment Industry Succeeds by Pressing the Right Buttons in Our Hunter-Gatherer Brains." Keynote address IDeoGRAMS Conference 2007: Contemporary Media, Leicester, England, 2007.
"Sex and suicide: Beliefs about sex differences in methods and causes for suicide." With Knox student Andy Garrison, '04, the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, 2007.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip." University of Texas at Austin, 2006.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip." University of Texas at Arlington, 2006.
"Birth order, Personality, and Conformity to Parental Expectations in the Choice of a Long-Term Mate." With Knox student Samantha Franciskovich '05. Annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2006.
"Who Do We Tell, and Whom Do We Tell On? Explorations in the Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip." With Emily Bell '04 and Maria Garcia '02. Annual meeting of The Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Austin, Texas, 2005.
"Gossip as Entertainment: Why does Bad News Feel so Good?" Media and Universals 2005 -- Focus on Film and Print, Siegen, Germany, 2005.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip." Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois, 2005.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip." Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois, 2005.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip." Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 2004.
"The Mating Strategies and Mate Preferences of Mail Order Brides." With Bibiana Paez Minervini '03. Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin, Germany, 2004.
"A Laboratory Simulation of Hagen's Defection Hypothesis: Determining the Role of Future Reproductive Opportunity and Offspring Quality in Parental Investment." With Stefanie Turner '04. Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin, Germany, 2004.
"Why is gossip so irresistible? Explorations in the evolutionary psychology of gossip." Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin, Germany, 2004.
Campus & Community Involvement
Faculty Tutorial Director, Ronald E. McNair Program.
Head Wrestling Coach, Knox College; Assistant Coach.
Interim Associate Dean, Knox College.
Chair, Psychology Department.
Founder & Chair, Knox College Environmental Studies Program.
Participant, International Educator's Workshop sponsored by the Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen & Istanbul.
Participant, Global Partners Project Seminar, "The Environmental Crisis in Central Europe," Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation.
Participant, "Strengthening the Peace Process in Northern Ireland" seminar, University of Ulster.
Consultant, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Florida Department of Community Affairs on the causes and consequences of population growth and development in the Florida Keys.
Visiting Professor, University of Pretoria and University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Member, Editorial Review Board, Environment and Behavior.
Member, Editorial Review Board, The Journal of Mind and Behavior.
Member, Editorial Review Board, The Journal of Environmental Psychology.
Member, Editorial Review Board, Journal of Social Psychology.
What Students Say
"I have never felt more comfortable and at ease with a professor than I have with Professor McAndrew. Frank's sense of humor, his calm reassurances, and his obvious respect for me as a student have all combined to make him a very important person in my life. He has repeatedly given me confidence in times of confusion or anxiety, and he has always bolstered my interest and engagement with psychology. All in all, if I were to become a college professor, Frank McAndrew would be the person I would want to be compared to."
-Matt Lauterbach, Psychology Major
Baby talk is serious business for senior Megan Beney, a double major in music and anthropology and sociology. Her Honors research focuses on the musical qualities of the ways that people talk to infants.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."
Seniors Megan Beney and Eva Marley spoke at the Central States Anthropology Society. Beney's topic was the musical nature of speech directed at infants, and Marley discussed social media sites and social movements.