Frank McAndrew is the Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology at Knox College where he has twice received the 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
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology 
The Society of Experimental Social Psychology, The Midwestern Psychological Association 
(Charter Fellow)

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-five 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 even appeared in the playbill of a play performed in London's West End at the Vaudeville Theater. 

McAndrew serves as a contributing expert for PsychWire, The Conversation, and Canvas8.

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 lampooned on television by comedians Jay Leno & Conan O'BrienHe is a frequent guest on TV & radio news & talk programs, and he has lectured widely throughout the United States and in countries ranging alphabetically from Denmark to Tanzania. 

CLICK HERE for personal information about Frank. You can follow him on Twitter @FTMcAndrew         

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

The Latest from Frank McAndrew

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The Psychology

of Mass shootings

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Psychology of

Mass Shootings

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Why are mass shooters almost always young men?

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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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A TV show that has not
yet made it onto the air

(at least in part because of the pandemic)
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Gun Control
Roundtable Media
   July 14, 2022
Why are most mass shooters men?
     - Voice America, June 16, 2022
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The Art of Small Talk
NewsTalk Radio
Dublin, Ireland
April 6, 2022
Evolutionary Psychology - March 28, 2022
(The Dissenter Podcast)
Britney Spears & California Conservatorships
    -ABC TV News, Sacramento,
     November 12, 2021
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Why are our teen memories so vivid?
Shot & Chaser Podcast
July 31, 2022
The Psychology of Mass Shootings
-Global News Radio, July 5, 2022
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Why are mass shooters
usually young men
- Newsy TV Live, June 3, 2022
The Art of Gossip
WNPR (Connecticut Public Radio (NPR))
April 5, 2022 & September 16, 2021
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Creepiness (New Zealand TV)
     -November 23, 2021
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Why we like spooky places 
- October 31, 2021
The benefits of gossip
     August 19, 2021
Encounters with Ghosts - October 20, 2021
The Upside of Gossip
    - After the First Marriage Podcast,
      August 18, 2021
"The Dog Detectives"
  - A BBC (Wales) documentary
     July 29, 2021
The Science of Gossip
In a discussion of the
TV show "Bridgerton"
- The Small Screen Science Podcast, 
  June 1, 2021
The Psychology of Gossip
Breakfast - NZTV, April 27, 2021
(New Zealand's morning TV
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The Perks of Gossip
attn:, September 11, 2020
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
Why losing a dog hurts so much
     - Voice America, August 12, 2021
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"What Creeps Us Out?" 
NewsTalk Radio
Dublin, Ireland
July 2, 2021
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GhostsReductio: A podcast about
philosophy, ideas, & understanding
June 1, 2021
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
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
Haunted Houses
Wisconsin Public Radio (NPR)
October 28, 2019
Why do clowns creep us out?
Brut Media, October 9, 2019
Heat and Violence
September 22, 2019
The Psychology of Gossip
Voice America        
 May 31, 2018
rebroadcast July 11, 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
Why high school never ends
NPR's "Academic Minute"
September 6, 2016
Gossip - NPR's "Innovation Hub," June 2, 2016
May 8, 2016
Creepiness, April 15, 2016
Canadian Broadcasting Company
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. 
The Psychology
of Mass Shootings
KABC, Los Angeles
April 8, 2018
The Kaye Adams Show
October, 2016
The breakup of
Brad & Angelina
 CTV News
September, 2016
Why high school never ends
 Wisconsin Public Radio - NPR
June 29, 2016
May 12, 2016
April, 2016
Creepiness, April 15, 2016
Comedian Conan O'Brien
spoofed McAndrew's
creepiness research
on April 12, 2016
Creepy Guys
- "Today's Talk" with
Kathie Lee Gifford & Hoda Kotbe, April 11, 2016
The BBC's "The Why Factor"
August, 2014
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This is a trailer from "Doc Zone," a Canadian Broadcasting Company national program that aired
in October, 2012
Office Gossip, April 25, 2012
WBBM Chicago (CBS Channel 2)      
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.
The human brain is wired for gossip
 NPR's "Morning Edition"
May 20, 2011
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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What makes people willing to risk their lives to save others?
     - Neuroscience News, July 24, 2022, & Big Think, July 22, 2022
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What makes people willing to risk their lives to save others?
     - The Conversation, Yahoo News,
Scroll (India),  Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
Asian SpectatorSt. George News (Utah), & more than two dozen other
        news outlets
, July 12 - 17, 2022
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How to tell that you're boringPsychology Today, April 1, 2022
The factor that can predict how long you'll liveYour Tango Magazine, March 26, 2022
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Why do old people hate new music? - Big Think, November 29, 2021
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Gossip is a social skill - not a character flawBig Think,  November 19, 2021
Why intelligent men may not be as appealing as we thought 
     - Psychology Today, November 9, 2021
Why certain people see Ghosts while others don't - Psychology Today, October 12, 2021
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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
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, October 1, 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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My experience with Transient Global Amnesia (TGA)
     - Psychology Today, February 24, 2019
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When do personality traits predict behaviorPsychology Today, October 2, 2018
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Is Polygamy a Better Deal for Men or for Women? - Psychology Today, July 23, 2018
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Your Sense of Humor Can Serve as "Social Radar"
     - Psychology Today, April 28, 2018
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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Communicating with the Dead: Mediums, Seances, Ouija Boards
     -Psychology Today, April 12, 2017
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 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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Why It Is So Easy To Hate Each Other Psychology Today, July 14, 2016
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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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Home is Where the Heart Is, But Where is "Home"? -Psychology Today, August 3, 2015
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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)