Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
B.A., Slippery Rock University, 1992
Ph.D., Miami University, 1998

Phone: (419) 372-8161
Office: Room 215, Psychology Building
Lab Page: N/A

Taking Graduate Students? No
Sponsoring Undergraduate Research? Yes

Research Interests:

  • Evolutionary Psychology (Human Mating)
  • Social Psychology (Social Judgments)

My graduate training in social psychology focused on the study of how otherwise good people come to do bad things. In this vein, I have studied aggression, social stigma, lying and deception, and infidelity. I continue to be interested in each of these topics. However, I now view all aspects of human behavior through the lens of evolutionary psychology. Current research topics of interest include: Satisfaction and Regret over First Sexual Intercourse Experiences, Perceptions of Female Sexual Arousal as depicted in Pornography, Schadenfreude in Same-and Opposite-Sex Friendships, Parental Favoritism of Children, Sibling Aggression, and Lying in Romantic Relationships.

Recent Research Projects:

  • Satisfaction and Regret over First Sexual Intercourse Experiences
  • Perceptions of Female Sexual Arousal as depicted in Pornography
  • Schadenfreude in Same-and Opposite-Sex Friendships
  • Parental Favoritism of Children
  • Sibling Aggression
  • Lying in Romantic Relationships

Selected Publications:

Colyn, L. A., & Gordon, A. K. (in press). Schadenfreude as a mate-value tracking mechanism. Personal Relationships.

Gordon, A. K., & Kraus, S.W. (2010). Yes. Yes! Yes!!! What do Mona's moans tell us about her sexual pleasure? In D. Monroe & F. Allhoff (Eds.) Pornography & Philosophy: How to think with kink (pp. 35-51). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Gordon, A. K., Cohen, M. A., Grauer, E., & Rogelberg, S. (2005). Innocent flirting or sexual harassment? Workers' perceptions of ambiguous work-place behaviors. Representative Research in Social Psychology, 28, 47-58.

Gordon, A. K., Musher-Eizenman, D. R., Holub, S. C., & Dalrymple, J. (2004). What are children thankful for? An archival analysis of gratitude before and after the attacks of September 11th. Journal of Applied Development Psychology, 25(5), 541-553.

Kaplar, M. E., & Gordon, A. K. (2004). The enigma of altruistic lying: Perspective differences in what motivates and justifies lie telling within romantic relationships. Personal Relationships, 11, 489-507.

Courses Taught:

  • PSYC 1010 General Psychology
  • PSYC 2900 Laboratory Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 3110 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 3130 Research in Social Psychology
  • PSYC 4400 Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSYC 4400 Evolutionary Psychology Lab
  • PSYC 7430 Theories of Social Psychology II

Updated: 05/24/2021 02:59PM