Research in Evolutionary Psychology at Knox College: Frank T. McAndrew, Ph.D.
Evolutionary Psychology is based upon the assumption that much of human behavior is a product of behavioral predispositions that were shaped by the process of natural selection in our ancestral environments.  For a more complete description of the topics studied by evolutionary psychologists,  check out the web page for my course on Evolution and Human Behavior.   The major journals in the field are Evolution and Human Behavior, Evolutionary Psychology, and Human  Nature.  I am particularly interested in the evolution of human social behaviors such as gossip, creepiness, competitive altruism, and nonverbal communication.  I have also studied how the strategies people use when choosing names for their children is influenced by evolutionary adaptions and how social interaction plays out through the internet in things like e-mail and social networking sites such as "Facebook," One of my favorite evolutionary psychologist collaborators is Carin Perilloux, a Knox College graduate who received her Ph.D. working in  David Buss's evolutionary psychology lab at the University of Texas at Austin.  Carin is currently a visiting assistant professor at Union College. 



Other faculty members at Knox who occasionally get involved with the research of evolutionary psychology students include Heather Hoffmann and Tim Kasser in psychology, and Jim Mountjoy and Jennifer Templeton  in biology.   A list of presentations and publications generated by our research group over the past 20 years or so follows; most of these studies include Knox College students as co-authors.  For links to other web sites related to evolutionary psychology, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

PUBLICATIONS 

McAndrew, F. T. (IN PRESS). The "Sword of a Woman:" Gossip and Female Aggression. Aggression and Violent Behavior,

McAndrew, F. T. (IN PRESS). How did “The Gossip” become a woman and how did “Gossip” become her weapon of choice? In M. L. Fisher (Ed.), The Oxford  Handbook of Women and Competition.  New York: Oxford University Press.

McAndrew, F. T., & Perilloux, C.  (2012). Is Self-Sacrificial Competitive Altruism Primarily a Male Activity?  Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 50-65.

McAndrew, F. T., & Perilloux, C.  (2012). The Selfish Hero: Study of the Individual Benefits of Self-Sacrificial Prosocial Behavior.  Psychological Reports, 111, 27-43.

McAndrew, F. T. (2009).  The interacting roles of testosterone and challenges to status in human male aggression.  Aggression and Violent Behavior, 14, 330-335

McAndrew, F. T. (2008). Can gossip be good?  Scientific American Mind Magazine, October/November, 26-33. (Cover Story)

King, R. A. (2008). Evolutionary fairy tales: Human mating in the Grimm fairy tales.  Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 13, 23-24.

Templeton, J. J., & Christensen-Dykema, J. M. (2008). A behavioral analysis of prey detection lateralization and unilateral transfer in European starlings (Sturnis vulgaris). Behavioural Processes, 79, 125-131.

De Backer, C., Nelissen, M., Vyncke, P., Braeckman, J., & McAndrew, F. T. (2007).  Celebrities: From teachers to friends.  A test of two hypotheses on the adaptiveness of celebrity gossip.  Human Nature, 18, 334-354.

Miller, S.S., Hoffmann, H., & Mustanski, B. (2007). Fluctuating Asymmetry and Sexual Orientation in Men and Women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36 (6),

McAndrew, F. T., Bell, E. K., & Garcia, C. M.  (2007).  Who do we tell, and whom do we tell on? Gossip as a strategy for status enhancement.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37,  1562-1577.
[This research, with a slightly different title, was also  presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Austin, Texas (June, 2005).]

McAndrew, F. T. (2006).  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, 367-371.

Turner, S. L., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006). A Laboratory Simulation of Parental Investment Decisions: The Role of Future Reproductive Opportunity and Offspring Quality in Determining Levels of Parental Investment. Evolutionary Psychology,  4, 197-207.
[This research, with a slightly different title, was also  presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin, Germany (July, 2004).]

Klinesmith, J., Kasser, T., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006). Guns, testosterone, and aggression: An experimental test of a mediational modelPsychological Science, 17, 568-571.

Minervini, B. P., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006). The mating strategies and mate preferences of mail order brides. Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science, 40, 111-129. 
(Also a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin, Germany, July, 2004). 

McAndrew, F. T. (2003). Evolution and the problem of altruism: Current and historical perspectives. In S. Shohov (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research, Volume 27 (pp. 277-288) Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers

McAndrew, F. T. (2002). New evolutionary perspectives on altruism: Multilevel selection and costly signaling theories. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 79-82.

McAndrew, F.T., King, J.C., & Honoroff, L.R. (2002). A Sociobiological Analysis of Namesaking Patterns in 322 American Families. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 851-864.

McAndrew, F.T., & Milenkovic, M.A. (2002) Of tabloids and family secrets: The evolutionary psychology of gossip. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 1064-1082.

Mountjoy, D. J., & Leger, D. W.  (2001).  Vireo song repertoires and migratory distance: three sexual selection hypotheses fail to explain the correlation. Behavioral Ecology 12:98-102.

Kasser, T., & Sharma, Y. S. (1999). Reproductive freedom, educational equality, and females' preference for resource-acquisition characteristics in mates. Psychological Science, 10, 374-377.

Johnson, J.L., McAndrew, F.T., & Harris, P.B.(1991). Sociobiology and the naming of adopted and natural children. Evolution and Human Behavior, 12, 365-375. (Formerly Ethology and Sociobiology)

PRESENTATIONS 

Klimaj, V. A., Lawrence, Z. E., Knutson, J. A., King, E. A., Schaefer, D. C., & McAndrew, F. T. (2013, July).  Does hormonal birth control disrupt the assessment of mate quality through kissing?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Miami, FL.

McAndrew, F. T., & Koehnke, S. S. (2013, January). Creepiness.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), New Orleans, LA.

McAndrew, F. T., & Jeong, H. S. (2012, June).  The Evolutionary Psychology of Facebook: mate seeking, status signaling, and the maintenance of kinship networks.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Albuquerque, NM.

McAndrew, F. T. (2011, September). The Selfish Hero?  An invited address at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

McAndrew, F. T. (2011, October).  The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip.  Invited talk in the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri – Columbia.

McAndrew, F. T. (2011, October).  The Selfish hero?.  Invited talk in the Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri – Columbia.

McAndrew, F. T., & Perilloux, C. (2011, June).  The Gender and personality Dynamics of Self-Sacrificial "Heroic" Behavior in Mixed-Sex Groups.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Montpellier, France.

McAndrew, F. T. (2011, April).  The Science of Gossip: Why You Can't Stop Yourself.  Keynote address at the annual ILLOWA Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Monmouth, IL

McAndrew, F. T. (2011, March).  The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip.  Invited Presentation at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN

McAndrew, F. T., & Perilloux, C.  (2010, June). Who becomes a Hero and what happens to them?  A Study of Self-Sacrificial Behavior in Small Female Groups.  Paper presented at the Annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Eugene, OR.

McAndrew, F. T. (2010, April).  The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip.  Invited Presentation at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

McAndrew, F. T. (2010, September).  The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip.  Invited Presentation at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana.

McAndrew, F. T. (2009, May). The Selfish Hero?  A Study of the Individual Benefits of Self-Sacrificial Behavior in Small Groups.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Fullerton, CA.

Kelahan, L., Hoffmann, H., & Kohl, J. (2008, November). Olfactory pheromonal input and human female proceptive sexual behavior/preferences. Society for Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

McAndrew, F. T. (2008, July). Evolutionary perspectives on popular culture.  Invited lecture at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

McAndrew, F. T. (2008, March).  The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip.  Invited presentation at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.

Kelahan, L., Hoffmann, H., & Kohl, J. V (November, 2007). Androstenol/androsterone may condition a human female hormonal effect/behavioral affect. Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Indianapolis, IN. (This research was also presented at the meeting of The Association for Chemoreception Sciences in Sarasota Florida, April, 2007).

McAndrew, F. T. (2007, September). Information Age Media and Stone Age Minds: How the Entertainment Industry Succeeds by Pressing the Right Buttons in Our Hunter-Gatherer Brains.   Invited Keynote Address at the first annual IDeoGRAMS Conference 2007: Contemporary Media. Leicester, England.

Templeton, J.J., Christensen, J.M., & Fink, S (2006).  Searching for the search image in the avian brain.   International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE) meetings, Tours, France.

McAndrew, F. T. (2006, October). The evolutionary psychology of gossip. Invited presentation at the University of Texas at Austin.

McAndrew, F. T. (2006, October). The evolutionary psychology of gossip. Invited presentation at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Franciskovich,S., J., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006, June). Birth order, personality, and conformity to parental expectations in the choice of a long-term mate.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Phildelphia.

McAndrew, F. T. (2005, February). Gossip as entertainment: Why does bad news feel so good? Invited Presentation at a conference on Media and Universals 2005 – Focus on Film and Print, Universitat Siegen, Siegen, Germany.

McAndrew, F. T. (2005, October).  The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip.  Invited Presentation at Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois.

McAndrew, F. T. (2004, November).  The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip.  Invited Presentation at Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois.

McAndrew, F. T. (2004, December).  The Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip.  Invited Presentation at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois.


McAndrew, F. T. (2004, July). Why is Gossip so Irresistible? Explorations in the Evolutionary Psychology of Gossip. Invited paper presented at a symposium of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Berlin, Germany.

McAndrew, F. T. (2003, February). The evolutionary psychology of gossip. Invited colloquia presented at Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

McAndrew, F. T. (2001, September). The evolutionary psychology of gossip. Invited colloquia presented at Binghamton University (SUNY) 

McAndrew, F. T. (2001, November). The evolutionary psychology of gossip. Invited colloquia presented at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque).

McAndrew, F.T., Turner, S., Fiedeldey, A.C., & Sharma, Y. (1998, July) Are Human Environmental Preferences Universal? Evidence from a Cross-Cultural Study of Preferences for Visual and Non-Visual Features of Outdoor Environments. Paper presented at the annual meeting of The Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Davis, CA. Click here for the tables.

McAndrew, F.T.(1996, September). Evolutionary Psychology and the Naming of Children. Keynote address delivered at the Annual Congress of the Psychological Society of South Africa, Johannesburg.

McAndrew, F.T., and King, J.C.(1995, June). Birth Order and the Naming of Children: An Examination of Naming as a Strategy of Parental Investment. Paper presented at the meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Santa Barbara, CA.

McAndrew, F.T.(1992, March). The Evolution of Human Environmental Preferences. Invited colloqium presented at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.

McAndrew, F.T.(1989, November). Why apes have eyebrows: Evolution and human nonverbal communication. Invited colloqium presented at the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania.


Links to other Evolutionary Psychology Web Sites:


Center for Evolutionary Psychology

Interactive Human Evolution Timeline

The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online

The David Buss Evolutionary Psychology Lab at the University of Texas at Austin

Evolution versus Creationism

The Genographic Project: Early Human Migration Routes

Human Behavior and Evolution Society

Human Nature Daily Review

Institute of Cognition and Culture

International Society for Human Ethology

New England Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology

Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society

Archaeologyinfo.com

Human Evolution

Resources for Learning about Evolutionary Psychology (University of Plymouth, UK)

Places to Study Evolutionary Psychology

More Links to Evolutionary Sites