Frank McAndrew

Frank McAndrew
Knox College · Psychology

Ph.D. Experimental Psychology - University of Maine

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Introduction
Frank McAndrew is an evolutionary social psychologist whose work is frequently featured in media outlets such as The New Yorker, National Public Radio, the BBC, the New York Times, and NBC's "Today Show," and he has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. He has also written for numerous popular print and online magazines, including CNN, Time, Newsweek, the Huffington Post, The New Republic, Scientific American, Salon.com, The Guardian, & the Washington Post.
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February 2015 - present
Psychology Today Magazine
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  • Blogger/Contributor
September 1979 - present
Knox College
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  • Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology
September 1974 - August 1979
University of Maine
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  • Research Assistant
Education
September 1974 - May 1981
University of Maine
Field of study
  • Experimental Psychology (Minor Field = Zoology)
September 1970 - May 1974
King's College
Field of study
  • Psychology (Minor Fields = Biology & English Literature)

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Previous studies have focused on why people use Facebook and on the effects of ‘‘Facebooking’’ on well being. This study focused more on how people use Facebook. An international sample of 1,026 Facebook users (284 males, 735 females; mean age = 30.24) completed an online survey about their Facebook activity. Females, younger people, and those not...
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Men commit over 85% of all homicides, 91% of all same-sex homicides and 97% of all same-sex homicides in which the victim and killer aren't related to each other. These startling statistics are driven home with each new mass shooting (though the most recent tragedy in San Bernardino, California is a bit unusual in that a married couple were the sho...
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What makes a person se ghosts?
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What makes conversations go smoothly?
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Counterfactual thinking-or considering "what if" questions about one's past-has both positive and negative emotional outcomes. Considering that a negative event could've been much worse can help someone foster gratitude, regulate their emotions, and build resilience. But counterfactual thinking in an "upward" direction-that is, focused on how the i...
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Understanding how one typically approaches workplace conflict can go a long way toward helping a person become a more satisfied and effective worker.
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When asked to name their overall favorite day of the week, fewer people name Tuesday than any other day; it even comes in behind lowly Monday.
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Deciding on the name for an adopted child can be quite complicated.
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Why measure attitudes if people do not always do what they say they will?
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Unique among the many puzzling things about human beings is our perverse attraction to the danger of extreme sports and our willingness to pay good money to expose ourselves to horror movies, commercial haunted houses, and other scary things. We may scare ourselves on purpose because it is an adaptive behavior that prepares us for dealing with poss...
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Stories about conformity are all over the news these days. Why would several police officers go along with the actions of a fellow officer who was killing a man in broad daylight while bystanders filmed the tragedy? Why do most people in some places wear face masks, while most people in other locations do not?
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For most of us, our home is a predictable and secure place where we feel in control and properly oriented in space and time. Why then, can it be so unpleasant to have to be there all of the time? When the so-called "lockdown" in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was first put in place, few of us grasped how long it might last and how difficult it w...
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Wearing or not wearing a face mask has morphed into a surprisingly provocative act, and it is now one of the chief symbolic flashpoints in the culture wars. People who wear face masks berate and attack others who do not wear face masks, and those who do not wear face masks attack and berate individuals who do wear them. The mere request that someon...
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One of the things that we rarely consider is the possibility that our own personalities are a major contributor to our frazzled state-of-being.
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No one wants to believe that his or her house makes an inviting target for a burglary, and many of us think that we have done all the right things to make sure that it will never happen. Maybe we should think again.
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Being adept with small talk is an important component of your arsenal of social skills. Knowing when to initiate small talk and also knowing when to move on and escalate the level of discourse beyond the mundane will make you a popular conversational partner.
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The arsenal of human screams has been honed over millions of years of evolution
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Why do legends about haunted houses persist long after they have been debunked?
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What is the allure of haunted houses that creep us out?
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Why creepiness and horror can be seductive
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Why do some types of settings and some combinations of sensory information induce a sense of dread in humans? This article brings empirical evidence from psychological research to bear on the experience of horror, and explains why the tried-and-true horror devices intuitively employed by writers and filmmakers work so well. Natural selection has fa...
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Why does the music from your youth seem superior to the music of today?
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What explains our squeamishness about things that look too much like us?
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As the 2020 presidential campaign gets underway, one of the key factors that shapes our perceptions is how the candidates use-or do not use-humor.
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Ideologically driven mass shooters differ from other mass shooters in important ways.
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Gossip is a more complicated and socially important phenomenon than most people think, and campaigns to stamp out gossip in workplaces and other social settings overlook the fact that gossip is part of human nature and an essential part of what makes social groups function as well as they do. This chapter takes the position that gossip is an evolut...
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There are a lot of reasons behind the political polarization of the country and the deterioration of civic discourse. Is a lack of intellectual humility one of them?
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The relationship between heat and aggression is complicated. During the 1960s, the civil disturbances and riots that raged throughout the United States during the summer months gave rise to the journalistic expression "long hot summer." This phrase reflected the common belief that hot weather made people behave aggressively and that the amount of v...
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An online study involving 260 adults revealed that male children are more likely to be named after a parent or other relative than are female children, and that middle names are the most common vehicle for providing a namesake for a newborn child. While we also found that individuals without siblings scored significantly higher on a measure of roma...
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Quasi-courtship enhances cooperation and creativity, but there are risks.
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Most of the time, we are pretty good at reading the emotion in other people’s faces. So why do we sometimes get it wrong?
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This is a literature review on costly signalling.
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This article was originally published on The Conversation. With cryptocurrency fraud and IRS scams making headlines, I had thought Nigerian email schemes were a thing of the past, akin to the bygone days when a scammer might offer to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge.
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How your sense of humor helps naviagte social life
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Girls often get bullied because they have been sized up as serious competition by other girls.
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The best way to resolve the ambiguity surrounding death would (hypothetically) be to talk to people who have died. Consequently, there has long been a keen interest in finding a way to communicate with the dead.
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Those of us who have loved a dog know the truth: Your pet is never "just a dog," which explains why we miss them so much when they pass away.
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War is a male activity. Organized fighting and killing by groups of women against other groups of women has simply not existed at any point in human history, and given the wide range of diversity to be found across human cultures, the consistency with which males are the organizers and perpetrators of group conflict has led many scholars to conclud...
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Previous research indicates gossip is a social bonding system that is use to establish shared acquaintances and/or attitudes, to punish group norm violators, or for coercion via invoking fear of gossipmongers. However, no empirical work explores directly the relationship between gossip about freeloaders leading to improved cooperation in recipients...
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Gossip is an enigma. It can be a tool for building or destroying reputations, or it can be the cohesive glue that holds a group together. It may even be the instrument used to banish an individual from a group entirely. It is only in the past twenty-five years or so that psychologists and other social scientists have turned their attention toward t...
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The Haunted House is a time-honored horror setting. All of us have shivered our way through spooky flicks such as The Haunting, The Amityville Horror, The Sentinel and Poltergeist. It's not only at the movies that we pay good money to frighten ourselves to death: commercial haunted houses are an integral part of 21st-century Halloween theater, with...
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As you reflect upon where your home is, ask yourself why this particular place out of the many places that you may have lived stands out as the one that feels like home. By doing so, you may also gain a deeper understanding of how you think about your self and your connection with the world at large.
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The sensed presence is a very real, perceptual experience for those individuals who have experienced it, and it can be very hard to convince them that it was anything other than what they believe it to be. When evaluating self-reports from individuals who have had an extraordinary experience, ranging from an alien abduction to a visit from a supern...
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The perpetual connection through social technology is not taking away from face-to-face social interaction as much as it is taking away from alone time when one is neither interacting with others, nor at least looking at their pictures on Facebook.
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Gossip is the weapon of choice in the indirect relationship aggression that occurs among women. However, gossip can also be a positive force in the life of groups, as it is a tool that bonds group members together while enforcing cooperation and conformity to group norms. In this chapter, I take the position that gossip is an evolutionary adaptatio...
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It is not yet clear how the enjoyment of playing a sport is related to the degree of involvement an athlete feels in a game. This issue was examined in two field studies and one laboratory experiment focusing on how men and women experience competition on mixed-sex and single-sex sports teams, with a greater emphasis on the experience of women in t...
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An interest in the affairs of same-sex others is especially strong among females, and women are more likely than men to use gossip in an aggressive, competitive manner. The goal of such gossip is to exclude competitors from a social group and damage the competitor’s ability to maintain a reliable social network of her own. Timeworn assumptions abou...
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Forty heterosexual undergraduate students (24 females, 16 males) who were currently in a romantic relationship filled out a modified version of The Facebook Jealousy questionnaire (Muise, Christofides, & Desmarais, 2009). The questionnaire was filled out twice, once with the participant’s own personal responses, and a second time with what each par...
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Twelve blindfolded female college students kissed between four and seven blindfolded male college students for ten seconds. Each kiss was rated as to how attractive the woman believed the man to be and how eager she would be to kiss him again. Afterward, she rated photographs of 20 men (including the men she had kissed) on attractiveness and her ea...
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Ninety undergraduate students (29 male, 61 female) completed questionnaires assessing self-monitoring tendencies and interest in three types of gossip: strategy-learning gossip, celebrity gossip, and personal gossip. Females displayed significantly more interest in personal gossip than did males, but self-monitoring was at best a weak predictor of...
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Given how frequently the concept of “creepiness” is invoked in everyday life to describe the relationships and encounters that we have with others, it is surprising that it has not been studied in a formal way. This study attempted to uncover the cues that are used to label someone as “Creepy” and to identify the basic elements of creepiness. An in...

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Articles related to social media and internet usage.
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A variety of my publications on environmental psychology