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Most frequently cited scholarly publications

McAndrew, F. T. and Jeong, H. S. (2012).  Who does what on Facebook? Age, sex, and relationship status as predictors of Facebook use.  Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 2359-2365.

McAndrew, F. T. (1993).  Environmental Psychology. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.


McAndrew, F. T. (1998).  The measurement of "Rootedness" and the prediction of attachment to hometowns in college tudents.  The Journal of Environmental Psychology, 18, 409-417.

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 enhancementJournal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 1562-1577.

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

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

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

McAndrew, F. T. (1986).  A cross-cultural study of recognition thresholds for facial expressions of emotion.   Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 17, 211-224.

McAndrew, F. T. (2014). The "sword of a woman": Gossip and female aggressionAggression and Violent Behavior, 19, 196-199.

Bardack, N. R., & McAndrew, F. T. (1985). The influence of physical attractiveness and manner of dress on success in a simulated personnel decision. Journal of Social Psychology, 125, 777-778.

McAndrew, F. T., & Koehnke, S. S. (2016). On the nature of creepinessNew Ideas in Psychology, 43, 10-15.​


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 gossipHuman Nature, 18, 334 - 354.

Rybak, A., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006). How do we decide whom our friends are? Defining levels of friendship in Poland and the United States.  Journal of Social Psychology. 146, 147 -163.​

McAndrew, F., T. (2021). Costly Signaling Theory. In T. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, pp. 1525-1532.  New York: SpringerMeteor.

McAndrew, F. T., & Perilloux, C. (2012). Is self-sacrificial competitive altruism primarily a male activityEvolutionary Psychology, 10, 50-65.​​​

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

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., & Shah, S. S. (2013). Sex differences in jealousy over Facebook activityComputers in Human Behavior, 29, 2603-2606.

O'Connell, B. J., Harper, R. S., & McAndrew, F. T. (1985). Grip strength as a function of exposure to red or green visual stimulationPerceptual and Motor Skills, 61,  1157-1158.

McAndrew, F. T. (2019). Gossip as a social skill. In F. Giardini & R. Wittek (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Gossip and Reputation, pp. 173-192. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mast, J. F., & McAndrew, F. T. (2011). Violent lyrics in heavy metal music can increase aggression in malesNorth American Journal of Psychology, 13, 63-64.​

Minervini, B. P., & McAndrew, F. T. (2006). The mating strategies and mate preferences of mail order brides.   Cross Cultural Research, 40, 111-129.​

McAndrew, F. T., & Garrison, A. J. (2007). Beliefs about gender differences in methods and causes of suicideArchives of Suicide Research, 11, 271-279.

Brackney, M., & McAndrew, F.T. (2001). Ecological world views and receptivity to different types of arguments for preserving endangered speciesJournal of Environmental Education, 33, 17-20.

McAndrew, F. T. (2017). How “The Gossip” became a woman and how “Gossip” became her weapon of choice. In M. L. Fisher (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition (pp. 191-205). New York: Oxford University Press.

McAndrew, F. T., et al., (2000). A multicultural study of stereotyping in English-speaking countriesJournal of Social Psychology, 140, 487-502.

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

McAndrew, F. T., Akande, A., Turner, S., & Sharma, Y. (1998). A cross-cultural ranking of stressful life events in Germany, India, South Africa, and the United StatesJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 29, 717-727.

McAndrew, F. T. (2017). Competition. In P. I. Joseph (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives. (pp. 367-368). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

McAndrew, F. T., & De Jonge, C. R. (2011).  Electronic person perception: What do we infer about people from the style of their e-mail messagesSocial Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 403-407.

McAndrew, F. T. (2020). The psychology, geography, and architecture of horror: How places creep us outEvolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture, 4 (2), 47-61.

McAndrew, F. T. (1993). The home advantage in individual sportsJournal of Social Psychology, 133, 401-403.​

McAndrew, F. T. (1985). A classroom demonstration of the primacy effect in the attribution of abilityTeaching of Psychology, 12(4), 209-211).

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.

Nichols, K. R., & McAndrew, F. T. (1984). Stereotyping and autostereotyping in Spanish, Malaysian, and American college studentsJournal of Social Psychology, 124 (2), 179-189.

McAndrew, F. T., King, J. C., & Honoroff, L. R. (2002). A sociobiological analysis of namesaking patterns in 322 American familiesJournal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 851-864.

McAndrew, F. T. (1981). Pattern of performance and attributions of ability and genderPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 7, 583-587.​

McAndrew, F. T. & Perilloux, C. (2012). The Selfish Hero: A Study of the Benefits of Self-Sacrificial Prosocial BehaviorPsychological Reports, 111 (1), 27-43.

Harris, P. B., & McAndrew, F. T. (1986). Territoriality and compliance: The influence of gender and location on willingness to sign petitionsJournal of Social Psychology, 126, 657-662.

Popular press essays with more than 40,000 readers

Why Losing a Dog can be Harder than Losing a Relative or Friend (Over 5.5 million readers)(March 9, 2017)

(The Conversation, UpworthyIFL Science, The Houston Chronicle, Alternet, Quartz, Associated Press, San Antonio Express-News, Psychology Today, Starts at Sixty, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, SPAG Magazine, Mamamia, The Observer, The Telegraph, Business Mirror, Business Insider, Natural Blaze, Facts and Opinions, Tonic (Vice), Slate, Quartz, Magnet, Entrepeneur, Univision, La Nueva Espana, Culturizando, The Philly Voice, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, India TV, The Big Smoke, Erraticus, PsyPost, The Pantagraph, The Southern Illinoisan, SitNews, Irish Examiner,, Wall Street Window, The Fresh Toast, Considerable, McCall Digest, RawStory, Times Herald-Record, MENAFN, Considerable, & YourTango)

(Also selected as a teaching tool by

The Psychology Behind Why Clowns Creep Us Out

(Over three million Readers)(September 28, 2016)

(PBS NewsHour, CNN, The Daily Mail, Scientific American,The Daily Beast, The Conversation, Raw Story, Time, Quartz, Business Insider, Salon, IFL Science, Psychology Today, Bangor Daily News, The Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Science Alert, Alternet, TEGNA (Local TV/Website Chain), Intellectual Takeout, Yahoo News, Popular Science, The Maui News,,  MicInverse, The New Republic,  Considerable, The Wire, New Orleans Advocate, WHYY TV (Philadelphia), Curiosity, National Geographic Indonesia, Art in Real Life& others )  (Also selected as a teaching tool by

(Also presented in video format by BRUT MEDIA)

Beauty Cues: Four Traits Men Unknowingly Seek in Women.

(Over three million readers)((Psychology Today Magazine)

(Online - July 10, 2017; In Print - December, 2017, Vol. 50, #6, pp. 42-43) (Also appears in Questia & Your Tango)

Can Gossip be Good?

(Over two million readers) (Scientific American Mind Magazine

- Cover Story, October/November, 2008, pp. 26-33) Published online as: The Science of Gossip: Why You Can't Stop Yourself

(Also published in M. Cunningham (Ed.), The Reader’s Edge, Book Two , 2011 - pp. 525-531, New York: McGraw-Hill.)

Why Some People See Ghosts and Other Presences.

(Over two million readers) (July 9, 2015)

(Psychology Today; Also appears in The Next Truth & Your Tango)

Why You Shouldn't Want to be Happy All of the Time.

(Over one million readers) (August 11, 2016)

(TimeBusiness InsiderRawStoryIFLScience, SalonThe Conversation, The GuardianSydney Morning HeraldCNNLe PointOuest-FranceSlate, QuartzMedical DailyScience AlertReal Clear Science, The AgeScience Rocks My WorldIntellectual TakeoutAssociated Press, Reliawire,& TEGNA (Local TV/Website Chain),  The Good Men Project, Yahoo, &  Psychology Today)

(Also published as "The Truth About Happiness" in Avenues 1 – English Skills, 2nd edition, L. Gaetz, Editor, pp. 31-33.  Montreal, Canada: Pearson-ERPI).(Also selected as a teaching tool by

How to have a great conversation.

(Over One Million Readers)

(Psychology Today Magazine, May/June 2023, Vol. 56 (3), pp. 44-45)

If You Give a Man a Gun:

The Evolutionary Psychology of Mass Shootings.

(Over 625,000 readers) (December 4, 2015)

(IFLScienceCNN, Newsweek, The Daily Mail, Psychology TodayThe Conversation, Scroll.In, Quartz, Eyewitness News, & The Huffington Post)


Why High School Stays with Us Forever

(Over 500,000 readers) (June 1, 2016)

(Business Insider, The Washington Post, The Academic Minute, The Guardian, Raw Story, Psychology Today, The Associated Press, The Conversation, Quartz, Alternet, Magnet, PsyPost, & Salon)

(Also selected as a teaching tool by

The Surprising Factor that Can Predict Your Life Span

(Over 400,000 readers) (May 9, 2016)

(Psychology Today; also appears in Patriot Health Digest & YourTango)

Why Old People Hate New Music

(Over 350,000 Readers, Psychology Today - October 1, 2019)

(a shortened version of this article appeared in several dozen media outlets, including The ConversationChicago Tribune, Australian Broadcasting CorporationSan Francisco ChronicleQuartz, Psychology TodayAlbany Times Union,

Colorado Music Business Organization, Der,

Next Truth: Young People Science, The Texarkana Gazette, Purple Sneakers, & The Baltimore Sun) 

(Also selected as a teaching tool by

Why Some People Creep Us Out So Much /

How We Decide Who's Creepy

(Over 350,000 readers) (April 27, 2016; May 19, 2015)

(Psychology Today Magazine)

(A related article appeared in HRZone (June 6, 2016)  as:

"How Can We Better Understand the Office Creep?")

How the God You Worship Influences the Ghosts You See.

(Over 350,000 readers) (October 26, 2017)

(The Conversation, Quartz, Raw Story, Psychology Today, The Chicago Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, QRIUS, Magnet, PsyPost, The News Minute, The Big Think,, Business Mirror, The Durango Herald, The Next Truth, & TEGNA (Local TV /website chain))

The Perils of a Life in Isolation

(Over 300,000 Readers) (November 11, 2016)

(The Conversation, Inner Self, PsyPost, Associated Press, IFL Science, Intellectual Takeout, All4Women, Spring.St, & Psychology Today)

Decoding The Freudian Symbolism in Your Dreams.

(Over 300,000 Readers) 

(Psychology Today Magazine - January 1, 2018)

(Also appears in The Minds Journal)

Gossip is a Social Skill - NOT a Character Flaw.

(Over 285,000 readers) (January 20, 2016)

(Time, Raw Story, Quartz, Mashable, The Conversation, Psychology TodayCore Aspect, QuilletteBusiness Insider, LiveScience,, Business Mirror, & The New Republic).

(Also selected as a teaching tool by


Houses of Horror (Aeon Magazine)

(over 250,000 readers)(October 21, 2019)

Why Pretty Girls Get Bullied.

(Over 225,000 Readers)

(Psychology Today Magazine - April 22, 2018)

How to Avoid Creeping Women Out

(Over 220,000 Readers)(Psychology Today Magazine - July 4, 2017)

Why Some People See Ghosts While Others Never Do

(Over 215,000 Readers) (Psychology Today - October 12, 2021)

Why There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays.

(Over 200,000 readers)(December 13, 2017)

(The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Mail, The Conversation, LiveScience,, Inverse, Univision,, Inverse, & The Week) (Also chosen as a teaching tool by &

Evolutionary Psychology Explains Why Haunted Houses Creep Us Out. (Over 200,000 readers) (October 29, 2015)

(Time, Newsweek, GOOD Magazine, LiveScience, Mashable, The Conversation, Psychology Today, The RawStory, PsyPost, Rock River Times, India TV, Fast Company, Neuroscience News, & Business Insider.)

Why Men Will Always Be More Disgusting Than Women

(Over 165,000 Readers)

(Psychology Today Magazine - January 9, 2018)

Why Intelligent Men May Not Be as Attractive as We Thought

(Over 115,000 Readers)(Psychology Today - November 9, 2021)

Why You Underestimate How Much Other People Like You

(Over 100,000 Readers)(Psychology Today, December 11, 2018)

(Also in The Minds Journal)

Why We Still Fall for the "Nigerian Prince" Scam

(Over 80,000 Readers - August 3, 2018)

(The Conversation, Salon, Channel News Asia,The Houston Chronicle, Inverse, San Francisco Chronicle, iAfrikan, Heavy, Psychology Today, MercatorNet, International Business Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Reader, Actualite Houssenia Writing, The Associated Press)

Gossip in Your Office Probably Does More Good Than Harm

(Over 80,000 readers) (June 10, 2016) 

(HRZone, Business Insider, & Psychology Today)

Is Your Personality Stressing You Out?

(Over 75,000 Readers)(Psychology Today - March 9, 2020)

(also in The Minds Journal)


Nothing Says "Old Dude" Like Getting a Motorcycle.

(Over 75,000 Readers)(Psychology Today Magazine - July 8, 2015)

Home is Where the Heart is, But Where is "Home"?

(Over 75,000 Readers) (Psychology Today - August 3, 2015)

When Do Personality Traits Predict Behavior?

(Over 65,000 Readers) (Psychology Today, October 2, 2018)

Is Polygamy a Better Deal for Men or for Women?

(Over 55,000 Readers) (Psychology Today - July 23, 2018)

Is a lack of humility at the root of what ails America?

(Over 50,000 readers)(May 23, 2019)

(Newsweek, Salon, The Conversation, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Towle Road, Government Executive, AlterNet, BIZCATALYST 360, Garn Press, Scroll India, Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Libertarian Republic, Kitsap Sun, GAYNRD& others)

Why Face Masks Give Us the Creeps

(Over 50,000 Readers) (Psychology Today - June 1, 2020)

Why it is so easy to hate each other

(Over 50,000 Readers) (Psychology Today  - July 14, 2016)

3 keys to the power and meaning of eye contact

(Over 45,000 Readers)(Psychology Today - September 2, 2022)

How we really choose our friends

(Over 40,000 Readers)(Psychology Today - August 25, 2022)

Why male and female friendships are so different.

(Over 40,000 Readers)(Psychology Today - April 4, 2022)

How to get other people to like you.

(Over 40,000 Readers)(Psychology Today - March 14, 2023)

Your sense of humor can serve as "social radar".

(Over 40,000 Readers)(Psychology Today, - April 28, 2018)

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