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Frank McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College where he has twice received the college's Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching as well as the Caterpillar Faculty Achievement Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award. He is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and he is a Charter Fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association.

Professor McAndrew is well-known as a purveyor of psychological science to lay audiences. His blog at Psychology Today Magazine and his other op-ed articles have attracted over twenty million readers, and many of his essays have been used in SAT prep courses or been included in textbooks and online teaching resources as models of engaging writing for students looking to improve their English language skills. One of his essays has even appeared in the program of a play performed in London's West End at the Vaudeville Theater.  McAndrew also serves as an expert contributor for PsychWire and The Conversation.

Frank is regarded as one of the key individuals in the history of environmental psychology. Over the course of his career his research has been featured in thousands of media outlets such as Time, The New Yorker, PBS, NPR, FOX News, the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NBC's TODAY Show  --  and it has been shared on Twitter by journalists such as Arianna Huffington and ridiculed by comedians Jay Leno & Conan O'BrienHe is a frequent guest on TV/Radio/Podcast news & talk programs, and he has lectured widely throughout the United States and in countries ranging alphabetically from Denmark to Tanzania. 

You can follow Frank on Twitter @FTMcAndrew         

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*Identified in a survey of over 300 researchers in 2005.

Selected Television, Podcast, & Radio Appearances       (Click on the link or image to see/hear the episode; click HERE for a more extensive list of appearances)

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The Science of Gossip
In a discussion of the
TV show "Bridgerton"
- The Small Screen Science Podcast, 
May, 2021
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The Psychology of Gossip
BBC's "CrowdScience" - April 9, 2021
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The psychology of horror 
Voice America
June 11, 2020 & 
October 29, 2020
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Fear of Clowns
Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University
May 6, 2020
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The violence of young men
The Unlatched Mind Podcast
March 21, 2020
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Time After the Internet
What's Your Story 2020
February 11, 2020
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Haunted Houses
Wisconsin Public Radio (NPR)
October 28, 2019
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Why do clowns creep us out?
Brut Media, October 9, 2019
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Heat and Violence
September 22, 2019
The Psychology of Gossip
Voice America        
 May 31, 2018
rebroadcast July 11, 2019
The Psychology
of Mass Shootings
KABC, Los Angeles
April 8, 2018
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Creepiness
The Kaye Adams Show
October, 2016
The breakup of
Brad & Angelina
 CTV News
September, 2016
Why high school never ends
NPR's "Academic Minute"
September 6, 2016
Gossip - NPR's "Innovation Hub," June 2, 2016
Creepiness
May 8, 2016
Creepiness, April 15, 2016
Creepiness, April 15, 2016
Canadian Broadcasting Company
 
Comedian Conan O'Brien
spoofed McAndrew's
creepiness research
on April 12, 2016
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Gossip
The BBC's "The Why Factor"
August, 2014
Office Gossip, April 25, 2012
WBBM Chicago (CBS Channel 2)      
 
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NBC's Today Show did a lengthy segment on McAndrew's gossip research on July 25, 2007.
McAndrew was a guest on the show,
but the video is no longer available.
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The Psychology of Gossip
Breakfast - NZTV, April 27, 2021
(New Zealand's morning TV
programme)
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The Perks of Gossip
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The effects of quarantine
on mental health
Ahval Podcast, March 24, 2020
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The Science of Love, February 13, 2020
The 21st Show (NPR/Illinois Public Radio) 
 
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Witches - BYU Radio
October 28, 2019
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Why Clowns Creep Us Out
Northern Minnesota Public Radio (NPR)
October 25, 2019
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Transient Global Amnesia - The 21st Show
NPR/Illinois Public Radio, October 9, 2019
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Mass Shootings and the
Violence of Young Men
 FOX News
(The Story with
Martha MacCallum)
 August 6, 2019
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What is Creepiness?
May 20, 2019
What do we know about
the Las Vegas gunman?
(Video has expired, but 
HERE is McAndrew's clip)
 ITV News, London
October 2, 2017
Getting over Rover:
Why losing a dog is so hard
The Matt Townsend Show
(BYU Radio) March 27, 2017
The creepiness of clowns
NPR's "All Sides,"
October 25, 2016
Alpha males, precarious
manhood, and the violence of young men  Lecture at the
C. G. Jung Institute
Santa Fe, NM
September 16, 2016
Why high school never ends
 Wisconsin Public Radio - NPR
June 29, 2016
Creepiness
WQAD TV
May 12, 2016
WSBT TV
Creepiness
April, 2016
WMUR TV
Creepiness
April, 2016
What is Creepiness?
Central Illinois Proud
April, 2016.  This lengthy interview was divided into segments that were carried by ABC, CBS, & FOX TV
affiliates nationwide.
NBC's "Today Show" chose
McAndrew's creepiness
research as its "Trending Topic of the Day" in April of 2016, and it produced three different segments about this research. 
This is a trailer from a
documentary titled
"The Real Dirt on Gossip."
It aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Company's
national program "Doc Zone" in October, 2012. Here is another trailer from the same show.
The human brain is wired for gossip
 NPR's "Morning Edition"
May 20, 2011
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The Family Home
Saturday Extra
with Geraldine Doogue
March 5, 2005

Selected Essays

  (Click HERE for a more extensive list of Popular Press articles)

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Why we can't stop thinking about "what might have been"
     - Psychology Today,  April 9, 2021
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Q & A about CreepinessPsychwire, October 30, 2020
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Q & A about the Psychology of Gossip Psychwire, October 24, 2020
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Decoding the Freudian Symbolism in Your Dreams - The Minds Journal, October 1, 2020
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Why Losing a Dog can be so Devastating
 - The Next Truth: Young People Science, September/October 2020
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Why You Underestimate How Much Other People Like You
     - The Minds Journal, September 24, 2020
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Is Your Personality Stressing You Out?
     - The Minds Journal,  September 18, 2020
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How the God You Worship Influences the Ghosts You See
     - The Next Truth, August 1, 2020
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Why face masks give us the creepsPsychology Today, June 1, 2020
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Why haunted Houses Terrify Us Fast Company, October 23, 2019
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Houses of Horror  - Aeon Magazine, October 21, 2019
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Why old people hate new music - Psychology Today; also in LiveWire, October 1, 2019
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Curious Kids: Why do old people hate new music? - The Conversation, The Associated
     Press, Quartz, ActivelyLearn.com, Curiosity.com, & many other media outlets 
     - September 26, 2019
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"The Best Days of Our Lives?" An essay about high school included in the playbill for Groan Ups, which ran in London’s Vaudeville Theatre

     - opened September 20, 2019

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The psychology behind why clowns creep us out  CNN, QuartzThe ConversationPopular
     ScienceRTL TV, WKRC TV, Snopes.com, Inverse, The Wire& The Oneonta Daily Star;
     also appeared in more than three dozen other news outlets between September 4-10, 2019
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America is facing an intellectual humility crisis - Newsweek - May 24, 2019
     (also appeared in more than three dozen other news outlets)
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When do personality traits predict behaviorPsychology Today, October 2, 2018
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Why the Death of a Dog Hurts so Much - Quartz, April 26, 2018    
Why Pretty Girls Get Bullied - Psychology Today Magazine, April 22, 2018
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Why men will always be more disgusting than women - Psychology Today, January 9, 2018
The science behind why there's no place like home for the holidays
     - The Chicago Tribune, December 22, 2017
Beauty cues: Four traits men unknowingly seek in women  - Psychology Today Magazine, 
     - November/December 2017, Vol. 50, #6, pp. 42-43 - also in Questia & Your Tango
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How to avoid creeping women out - Psychology Today, July 4, 2017
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Why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend
     - Australian Broadcasting Corporation, March 15, 2017 (also in MamaMia & The Observer)
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The surprising factor that can predict your life span - Your Tango Magazine, January 5, 2017
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The perils of a life in isolation - Intellectual Takeout, November 17, 2016
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Why clowns creep us out - The Washington Post, October 27, 2016
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 Here's why you're terrified of creepy clowns
     - The Daily Beast, September 28, 2016 (also in The Conversation) 
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Happiness doesn't last, and here's why that's OK
     - CNN, August 25, 2016 (also in Reliawire)
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Why you shouldn't want to always be happy - Time Magazine, August 12, 2016
       - also in IFL Science, The Conversation, & Intellectual Takeout
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This is why you're still thinking about high school - The Washington Post, June 6, 2016 (also in Raw Story)
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Why are high school memories burned into our brains? - The Guardian, June 2, 2016 (also in Business Insider)
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How gossip can help you - Time Magazine, January 21, 2016
Gossip as a social skillThe New Republic, January 20, 2016
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The making of a murderer (mass shootings) - The Daily Mail, January 4, 2016
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Why are shooters invariably young men? - Newsweek, December 7, 2015
You should know how the male brain reacts to handling a gun
     - The Huffington Post, December 4, 2015 (also in The Conversation)
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Why do haunted houses creep us out? - Newsweek, October 31, 2015 (also in Mashable)
This is why haunted houses creep us out - Time Magazine, October 30, 2015
     - also in LiveScience, Business InsiderRaw Story, The Conversation, & others
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Nothing says "Old Dude" like getting a motorcycle - Psychology Today, July 8, 2015
Can gossip be good? - Scientific American Mind Magazine
     - October/November, 2008, pp. 26-33  (cover story)

Where McAndrew's Research Is Published  

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