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Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology
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?
My current research projects are concerned with aggression, gossip, and creepiness, and I write a blog for Psychology Today Magazine titled "Out of the Ooze: Navigating the 21st Century with a Stone-Age Mind." 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."
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 psychology, organizational behavior, statistics, evolution and human behavior, environmental psychology, history and systems of psychology.
Profiles of McAndrew's research have been featured in over 1,000 popular print and internet outlets. His research has also been featured in several documentary films and more than 100 radio and television appearances including: The USA Today Network, ABC, CBS, & FOX TV affiliates nationwide, "Doctor Radio", "The Why Factor' (BBC)" WGN (Chicago), Morning Edition (NPR), The Academic Minute (NPR), WBBM TV (CBS - Chicago), WWL Radio (New Orleans), ITV (London),Innovation Hub (NPR), Irish National Radio, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, CNN, CTV News Channel (Canadian TV), & NBC's Today Show. His research has even been lampooned by Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien on their late night talk shows.
"Gossip as a Social Skill." In F. Giardini & R. Wittek (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Gossip and Reputation, New York: Oxford University Press (2018).
"How "The Gossip" became a woman and how "Gossip" became her weapon of choice." In M. L. Fisher (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition. New York: Oxford University Press. (2017, pp. 191-205).
"Why There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays." Published in many different media outlets, including The Conversation, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Mail, & LiveScience. (December, 2017).
"How the God You Worship Influences the Ghosts You See." Published in many different media outlets, including Quartz, The Raw Story, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, & The Conversation. (October, 2017).
"How the Ambience of a Restaurant Controls What You Eat and Drink." This article appeared in multiple media outlets, including The Conversation, The Associated Press, Hospitality Magazine and Psychology Today. (2017)
"Competition." In P. I. Joseph (Ed.), Sage Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives (pp. 367-368). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications (2017).
"Getting Over Rover: Why Losing a Dog Can be Harder than Losing a Relative or Friend." Published in dozens of different media outlets, including Quartz, Business Insider, Psychology Today, The Observer, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation & Tonic (by Vice) 2017.
"When strangers start to gossip: Investigating the effects of gossip on cooperation in a Prisoner's Dilemma game." Coauthored with C. J. S. De Backer (University of Antwerp), C. Larson (UCLA), M. L. Fisher (St. Mary's University, Nova Scotia), & K. Rudnicki (University of Antwerp). Evolutionary Psychological Science 2, (2016): 266-277.
"The Perils of a Life in Isolation." Published by The Conversation, The Associated Press, and several other media outlets, November 11, 2016.
"The Psychology Behind Why Clowns Creep Us Out." The Daily Beast, September 29, 2016. This article also appeared in several other news outlets, including The Conversation, PBS NewsHour, CNN, The Daily Mail, Scientific American, Time, The Washington Post, Salon, The New Republic, Business Insider.
"Why you shouldn't want to be happy all of the time." Time Magazine, August 6, 2016. This appeared in more than a dozen other news outlets, including Salon.com, The Guardian, IFLScience, Business Insider, The Sydney Morning Herald, RawStory, CNN, Le Point, Slate, Quartz, & The Conversation.
"How Can We Better Understand the 'Office Creep'?" HRZone, Siftmedia, U.K. (June 6, 2016)
"Gossip in Your Workplace Probably Does More Good Than Harm." HRZone, Siftmedia, U. K. (June 10, 2016)
"On the Nature of Creepiness." Co-authored with Knox student Sara Koehnke, '12 New Ideas in Psychology, 43 (2016): 10-15.
"Heroic Rescue in Humans." In T. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York: SpringerMeteor (2016).
"Gossip is a Social Skill - Not a Character Flaw." The Conversation, January 20, 2016. This article also appeared in several other media outlets under different titles, including The New Republic and Time.
"Mail Order Brides." In T. Shackelford & V.Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York: SpringerMeteor (2016).
"The Experience of Competition in Same- Versus Mixed-Sex Team Sports." Co-authored with Knox student Joey Knutson, '14, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 24, 7-13 (2016).
"The Truth About Happiness." In L. Gaetz (Ed.), Avenues 1 –English Skills (2nd edition), Montreal, Canada: Pearson-ERPI (2016): 31-33.
"Workplace Gossip." In R. Griffin (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Management, New York: Oxford University Press (2016).
Environmental Psychology. New Delhi, India: Indo-American Books. (ISBN: 9382661328), 2015.
"If You Give a Man a Gun: The Evolutionary Psychology of Mass Shootings." The Conversation, December 4, 2015. This article appeared in more than a dozen other media outlets under different titles, including Newsweek, CNN, and The Huffington Post.
"Evolutionary Psychology Explains Why Haunted Houses Creep Us Out." The Conversation, October 29 (2015). This article appeared in more than a dozen other media outlets under different titles, including Time and Newsweek.
"What men endure to be men." A review of Jonathan Gottschall, The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight, and Why We Like to Watch. New York, Penguin Press. Evolutionary Psychology, September (2015): 1-2.
"On Civilizing the Unwashed masses." A review of Amy Alkon, Good Manners for Nice People who Sometimes Say F*CK." New York: St. Martin's Griffin. Evolutionary Psychology, 12 (2014): 827-828.
"The 'Sword of a Woman:' Gossip and female aggression." Aggression and Violent Behavior 19 (2014): 196-199.
"Sex differences in jealousy over Facebook activity." Co-authored with Knox student Sahil Shah '12, Computers in Human Behavior, 29 (2013): 2603-2606.
"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.
"Academic Careers in the Liberal Arts College." Annual presentation sponsored by the graduate school of the University of Missouri - Columbia as part of their Preparing Future Faculty program. Presentations were made each year from 2011 through 2017.
"Academic Careers in Evolutionary Psychology at Teaching Focused Institutions." Symposium Chair and Presenter at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Boise, Idaho, 2017.
"Red Flag! Women are on their guard against a woman wearing red, especially if she is seeking a mate. Co-authored with Knox students Emily Corwin-Renner, '17, Stephanie Nguyen, '16, Danielle Zepeda, '17, Shashank Neelagiri, '17, & Madison Pierro, '17. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, Texas, 2017.
"Creeped Out: Evolution, Psychology, & Creepiness." Invited talk to the Evolutionary Psychology Lab Group in the Department of Applied and Experimental Psychology at Vrije University (VU), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016.
"The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip" Invited lecture at the Department of Organization Sciences, Vrije University (VU), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016.
"Alpha Male or Omega Male? Precarious Manhood and the Violence of Young Men." Invited Lecture & Workshop at the C. G. Jung Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico (September, 2016).
"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, & Elizabeth King, '13. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, 2016.
"The unavoidable awkwardness of family life. " Invited Lecture at The Peoria Riverfront Museum in conjunction with a photography exhibit of "Awkward Family Photos," Peoria, IL, 2015.
"Can 'Getting the Creeps' be an Evolutionary Adaptation?" Co-authored with Knox student Sara Koehnke, '12. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Columbia, Missouri, 2015.
"Helper or Helping? The Role of Subtle Linguistic Manipulation in Prosocial Behavior." Co-authored with Knox student Amelia Goranson, '14. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Long Beach,California, 2015.
Invited speaker, Interpersonal Relationships Lab, Department of Psychology, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, 2014.
"The Evolution of Human Environmental Preferences." Guest lecture to the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) program on "Ecology and Human Origins," Tanzania, 2014.
"Sex differences in jealousy over Facebook activity" co-authored with Knox student Sahil Shah '12. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas, 2014.
Featured speaker at Carl Sandburg College's "Lunch with a Scholar" program, Galesburg, Illinois, 2013.
"Gossip and the Management of Reputation." Workshop sponsored by the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) at the Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands, 2013.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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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