Environmental Psychology is the study of the relationship between humans and their physical environment, and it is an area that I got interested in way back in my graduate school days. I have written a book on the subject, Environmental Psychology (Brooks/Cole, 1993), and I am on the editorial review board of Environment & Behavior and The Journal of Environmental Psychology. I was also honored to have been identified as one of the "key individuals" in the history of environmental psychology by a survey of over 300 researchers in the field conducted in 2005.
My research interests in this area have given me a number of exciting opportunities. For example, I worked with
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Community Affairs on their Carrying Capacity
Study in the Florida Keys, and I have also worked with the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago on the design of interactive
During the summer of 2003, I had the opportunity to spend several weeks in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and
Slovakia as a participant in a seminar on Central Europe's environmental crisis sponsored by the Mellon Foundation
through the "Global Partner's Project."
Some of my environmental psych studies have been concerned with the emotional attachment between people and the places that they live, an interest which grew out of my earlier work on human territorial behavior. If you are interested in this work and want a copy of the Rootedness Scale, click on the link.
Recently, I have been combining my environmental psychology interests with my interests in creepiness to explore the role that geography and architecture play in our experience of horror in horror films and commercial haunted houses.
A list of my environmental psychology presentations and publications follows; most of the co-authors are former Knox College students. One of these students, Paul Harris, even went on to become a real live environmental psychologist. Paul has a worked in a variety of academic and applied settings, and he is currently a psychology professor at Rollins College in Florida.
Publications & Presentations
McAndrew, F.T. (IN PRESS). The psychology, geography, and architecture of horror. In G. Yeşildağ (Ed.), Architecture and Fear. Istanbul: Ondokuzonbir Press.
McAndrew, F. T. (2022, October 24). Why are we so territorial? In Out of the Ooze: Navigating the 21st Century with a Stone-Age Mind, Psychology Today Magazine (Blog).
McAndrew, F. T. (2020). Environmental Psychology. Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.: Wu-Nan Book Inc.
McAndrew, F. T. (2020). The Psychology, Geography, and Architecture of Horror: How Places Creep Us Out. Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture, 4(2), 47-61. (available online October 7, 2019)
McAndrew, F. T. (2020, January 22). How does your house look through the eyes of a burglar? In Out of the Ooze: Navigating the 21st Century with a Stone-Age Mind, Psychology Today Magazine (Blog).
McAndrew, F. T. (2019, October 28). How stories about haunted houses become self-perpetuating. Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture Blog.
McAndrew, F. T. (2019, October 21). Houses of Horror. Aeon Magazine.
McAndrew, F. T. (2019, May 17). Hot and bothered: Does Heat Make People Aggressive? In Out of the Ooze: Navigating the 21st Century with a Stone-Age Mind, Psychology Today Magazine (Blog).
McAndrew, F. T. (2019, May 8). On the Nature of Privacy. In Out of the Ooze: Navigating the 21st Century with a Stone-Age Mind. Psychology Today Magazine (Blog)
McAndrew, F. T. (2018, April 1). Can Feng Shui Enhance Human Well-Being? In Out of the Ooze: Navigating the 21st Century with a Stone-Age Mind. Psychology Today Magazine Blog.
McAndrew, F. T. (2017, December 13). Why there's no place like home for the holidays. The Conversation, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Mail, Univision, LiveScience, Patch, The Week, Inverse.
McAndrew, F. T. (2017, April 24). For restaurants looking to boost profits, it's often about everything but the food. [Published by invitation; not peer-reviewed.] This appeared in a variety of different media outlets, including The Conversation, Psychology Today Magazine, Associated Press.
McAndrew, F. T. (2015). Environmental Psychology. New Delhi, India: Indo-American Books.
McAndrew, F. T. (2015, October). Evolutionary psychology explains why haunted houses creep us out. . [Published by invitation; not peer-reviewed.] This appeared in more than a dozen different outlets, including Time, Newsweek, The Conversation, Quartz.com, Livescience, & Business Insider.
McAndrew, F. T. (2015, August). Home is Where the Heart is, but Where is "Home?" In Out of the Ooze: Navigating the 21st Century with a Stone-Age Mind. Psychology Today Magazine Blog.
Brackney, M., & McAndrew, F.T. (2001). Ecological world views and receptivity to different types of arguments for preserving endangered species. Journal of Environmental Education, 33, 17-20.
McAndrew, F.T. (2000, January). Social and Psychological Factors to Consider in the Construction of Carrying Capacity Models. Workshop presentation at the Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study Scenario Workshop, Marathon, Florida.
McAndrew, F.T.(1998). The Measurement of "Rootedness" and the Prediction of Attachment to Hometowns in College Students. The Journal of Environmental Psychology, 18, 409-417.
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.(1995). What is "Environmental Psychology", and what can it offer to students concerned about environmental issues? Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 16, 89-92.
McAndrew, F.T.(1995, April). The Biological roots of Environmental Attitudes. Guest lecture to the graduate program in environmental studies, University of Illinois at Springfield.
McAndrew, F.T.(1995, April). The Psychology of Environmental Planning. Invited address at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
McAndrew, F.T.(1993). Environmental Psychology. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.(Also published in Chinese)
Goodman, G.H., and McAndrew, F.T.(1993). Domes and Astroturf: A note on the relationship between the physical environment and the performance of major league baseball players. Environment and Behavior, 25, 121-125.
McAndrew, F.T.(1993). The home advantage in individual sports. Journal of Social Psychology, 133, 401-403.
McAndrew, F.T., and Thornton, B.G.(1987, April). Approach and avoidance tendencies of screeners and nonscreeners. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Arlington, VA.
Harris, P.B., and McAndrew, F.T.(1986). Territoriality and compliance: The influence of gender and location on willingness to sign petitions. Journal of Social Psychology, 126, 657-662.
O'Connell, B.J., Harper, R.S., & McAndrew, F.T.(1985). Grip strength as a function of exposure to red or green visual stimulation. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 61,1157-1158.
McAndrew, F.T., and Clark, J.D.(1983, April). Situational preferences of individuals differing in arousability. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia.
McAndrew, F.T., Ryckman, R.M., Horr, W., & Solomon, R.(1978). The effects of invader placement of spatial markers on territorial behavior in a college population. Journal of Social Psychology, 104, 149-150.