Andrew C. Gallup

Andrew C. Gallup

Andrew C. Gallup
Assistant Professor


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Social + Behavioral Sciences
College of Arts + Sciences


  • Post-Doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Binghamton University
  • BA in Psychology, University of Albany


Dr. Gallup teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Supervised Undergraduate Research.

Research Interests

Dr. Gallup is a biopsychologist and the director of the Adaptive Behavior and Cognition (ABC) Lab at SUNY Poly. His research spans a variety of topics, including contagious behavior and comparative neuroanatomy, brain thermoregulation and vigilance, collective behavior and social cognition, aggression and sexual conflict, the evolution of cooperation, sports and athletic competition from an evolutionary perspective, biomarkers of Darwinian fitness, and the effects of neuromodulation on adaptive responses.


  • Wilson D.S., Geher G., Mativetsky H., & Gallup A.C. (2019). Darwin’s Roadmap to the Curriculum: Evolutionary Studies in Higher Education. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Articles and Book Chapters


  • Gallup A.C., & Gallup Jr. G.G. (2020). Methylphenidate-induced yawning: a thermoregulatory connection. American Journal of Therapuetics 27, e527-2528.
  • Gallup A.C. (2020). Chewing on gum alleviates bouts of excessive yawning: two case studies. Human Ethology 35, 67-74.
  • Gallup A.C. (2020). Contagious yawning as a cure for hiccups. Journal of Brief Ideas doi: 10.5281/zenodo.3951203.
  • Gallup A.C., Moscatello L., & Massen J.J.M. (2020). Brain weight predicts yawn duration across domesticated dog breeds. Current Zoology 66, 401-405.
  • Gallup A.C., Gagnon B.K.L., Rosic B., & Eldakar O.T. (2020). Acetaminophen does not alter the early processing of emotional facial expressions: an eye-tracking study. EvoS Journal 11, 34-45.
  • Gallup A.C., & Massen J.J.M. (2020). Intranasal oxytocin, empathy, and contagious yawning in dogs and humans. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 224, 104971.


  • Gallup A.C., & Engert K. (2019). Chewing on gum alters the expression of contagious yawning. Human Ethology 34, 93-103.
  • Ramirez V., Ryan C.P., Eldakar O.T., & Gallup A.C. (2019). Manipulating neck temperature alters contagious yawning in humans. Physiology & Behavior 207, 86-89.
  • Geher G., Wilson D.S., Gallup A.C., Mativtsky H., & Holler R.H. (2019). Darwin-inspired curricula: the EvoS revolution in higher education. In D.S. Wilson, G. Geher, H. Mativtsky, & A.C. Gallup (Eds.), Darwin’s Roadmap to the Curriculum: Evolutionary Studies in Higher Education (pp. 463-468). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson D.S., Geher G., Gallup A.C., & Mativtsky H. (in press). Teaching evolution across the curriculum: beyond campus-wide programs. In D.S. Wilson, G. Geher, H. Mativtsky, & A.C. Gallup (Eds.), Darwin’s Roadmap to the Curriculum: Evolutionary Studies in Higher Education (pp. 3-12). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Gallup A.C. (2019). Over-the-counter painkillers and evolutionary mismatch. Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology 10, 686.
  • Gallup A.C., Pietruch K., Eldakar O.T. (2019). Plasticity of mating duration in response to slightly biased operational sex ratios in the water strider (Aquaris remigis): the effect of cohabitation under standard laboratory conditions. Frontiers in Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology 7, 75.
  • Gallup A.C., Vasilyev D., Anderson N., & Kingstone A. (2019). Contagious yawning in virtual reality is affected by actual, but not simulated, social preference. Nature Scientific Reports 9, 294.


  • Ripp J., Eldakar O.T., Gallup A.C., & Arena P. (2018). The successful exploitation of urban environments by the spider Nephila clavipes (Araneae Nephilidae). Journal of Urban Ecology 4, 294.
  • Eldakar O.T., Kammeyer J.O., Nagabandi N., & Gallup A.C. (2018). Hypocrisy and corruption: how disparities in power shape the evolution of social control. Evolutionary Psychology 16, 1-12.
  • Gallup A.C. & Fink B. (2018). Handgrip strength as a Darwinian fitness indicator in men. Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology 9, 439.
  • Bielert C.F., Costo N., & Gallup A.C. (2018). Tuskedness in African Elephants–An anatomical investigation of laterality. Journal of Zoology 304, 169-174. [journal impact factor: 1.955]
  • Gallup A.C., Eldakar O.T., Schonning M., & Yanchus M. (2018). Winner and loser effects in collegiate baseball and softball doubleheaders. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology 4, 108-120.
  • Bielert, C.F., & Gallup, A.C. (2018). Book Review: “Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst” by Robert M. Sapolosky, Penguin Press, New York, 2017. ISBN: 9781594205071. The Quarterly Review of Biology 93, 37-38.


  • Gallup A.C., Herron E., Militello J., Swartwood L., Cortes C., & Equibar J.R. (2017). Thermal imaging reveals sizeable changes in maximum facial temperature surrounding yawning in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Temperature 4, 429-435.
  • Gallup A.C., Crowe B., & Yanchus M. (2017). Yawn duration predicts brain size in wild cats (Felidae). International Journal of Comparative Psychology 30.
  • Gallup A.C., & Eldakar O.T. (2017). Yawns are cool. Frontiers for Young Minds 5, 52.
  • Massen J.J.M., & Gallup A.C. (2017). Why contagious yawning does not (yet) equate to empathy. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 80, 573-585.
  • Gallup A.C. (2017). Adolescent peer aggression and female reproductive competition. In M.A. Fisher (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition (pp. 89-106). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Eldakar O.T., Tartar J., Garcia D., Ramirez V. , Dauzonne M., Armani Y., & Gallup A.C. (2017). Acute physical stress modulates the temporal expression of yawning in humans. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology 3, 156-170.
  • Gallup A.C., Militello J., Sackett S., & Swartwood L. (2017). Experimental evidence of contagious stretching and ingroup bias in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Journal of Comparative Psychology 131, 69-72.
  • Eguibar J.R., Uribe C.A., Cortes C. Bautista A., & Gallup A.C. (2017). Yawning reduces facial temperature in the high-yawning subline of Sprague-Dawley rats. BMC Neuroscience 18, 3.


  • Gallup A.C., Church A., & Pelegrino A.J. (2016). Yawn duration predicts brain weight and cortical neuron number in mammals. Biology Letters 12, 20160545.
  • Gallup, A.C., & Gallup, G.G. (2016). Handgrip strength and semen quality. Journal of Brief Ideas doi: 10.5281/zenodo.57460.
  • Gallup A.C., & Massen J.J.M. (2016). There is no difference in contagious yawning between men and women. Royal Society Open Science 3, 160174.
  • Massen J.J.M., Šlipogor V., & Gallup A.C. (2016). An observational investigation of behavioural contagion in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus): indications for contagious scent-marking. Frontiers in Comparative Psychology 7, 1190.
  • Eldakar, O.T., & Gallup, A.C. (2016). Adaptive myopia: how nearsightedness on land helps us underwater. Journal of Brief Ideas doi: 10.5281/zenodo.54735.
  • Gallup A.C., Church A., Miller H., Risko E., & Kingstone A. (2016). Social presence diminishes contagious yawning in the laboratory. Scientific Reports 6, 25045.
  • Gallup A.C. (2016). Ambient temperature modulates yawning. Temperature 3(1) 23-24.
  • Bielert, C.F., & Gallup, A.C. (2016). Book Review: “Governing Behavior: How Nerve Cell Dictatorships & Democracies Control Everything We Do” by Ari Berkowitz, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2016. ISBN: 0674736907. The Quarterly Review of Biology 91, 511.


  • Massen J.J.M., Church A., & Gallup A.C., (2015). Auditory contagious yawning in humans: an investigation into affiliation and status effects. Frontiers in Evolutionary Psychology and Neuroscience 6, 1735.
  • Bielert C., & Gallup A.C. (2015). A clarion call or a swan song? Commentary: “A crisis in comparative psychology: where have all the undergraduates gone? Frontiers in Comparative Psychology 6, 1867.
  • Gallup A.C., & Clark A.B. (2015). Commentary “Yawning, acute stressors and arousal reduction in Nazca booby adults and nestlings”. Frontiers in Comparative Psychology 6, 1654
  • Gallup A.C., & Church A. (2015). The effects of intranasal oxytocin on contagious yawning. Neuroscience Letters 607, 13-16.
  • Eldakar O.T., Dauzonne M., Prilutzkaya Y., Garcia D., Thadal C., & Gallup A.C. (2015). Temperature-dependent variation in self-reported contagious yawning. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology 1(4), 460-466.
  • Gallup A.C., Swartwood L., Militello J., & Sackett S. (2015). Experimental evidence of contagious yawning in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Animal Cognition 18, 1051-1058.
  • Levine, S., & Gallup, A.C. (2015). Integrating first-person narratives of eminent psychologists in an introductory course. In W. Altman, L. Stein, & J. R. Stowell (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 14, pp. 28-31).


  • Gallup A.C., & Eldakar O.T. (2014). Winner and loser effects in Major League Baseball double-headers. Human Ethology Bulletin 29(4), 18-27.
  • Eldakar O.T., & Gallup A.C. (2014). Mate disruption in the water strider, Aquaris remigis. Aquatic Insects 35, 89-97.
  • Gallup A.C. (2014). Abnormal yawning in stroke patients: the role of brain thermoregulation. Frontiers in Autonomic Neuroscience 8, 300.
  • Gallup A.C., Chong A., Kacelnik A., Krebs J.R., & Couzin I.D. (2014). The influence of emotional facial expressions on gaze-following in grouped and solitary pedestrians. Scientific Reports 4, 5794.
  • Massen J.J.M., Dusch, K., Eldakar, O.T., & Gallup, A.C. (2014). A thermal window for yawning in humans: yawning as a brain cooling mechanism. Physiology & Behavior 130, 145-148.
  • Bielert, C.F., & Gallup, A.C. (2014). Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow, A review of Darcia Narvaez, Kristin Valentino, Augustin Fuentes, James J. McKenna and Peter Gray, Ancestral Landscapes in Human Evolution: Culture, Childrearing and Social Wellbeing. Evolutionary Psychology 12, 1053-1055.


  • Bielert C.F., & Gallup A.C. (2013). Congratulations, it’s a health contribution to the literature. A review of Robert Martin, How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction. Evolutionary Psychology 11, 1059-1061.
  • Gallup A.C., & Gallup J.A. (2013). Frequent yawning as an initial signal of fever relief. Medical Hypotheses 81, 1034-1035.
  • Gallup A.C., & Bielert C.F. (2013). How sidewalk neuroscience illuminates important, yet commonly overlooked and under-appreciated, aspects of human nature. A review of Robert Provine, Curious Behavior. Evolutionary Psychology 11, 818-820.
  • Eldakar O.T., Gallup A.C., & Driscoll W.W. (2013). When hawks give rise to doves: the evolution and transition of enforcement strategies. Evolution 67, 1549-1560.
  • O’Brien D.T., Gallup A.C., & Eldakar O.T. (2013). The influence of real-world resource asymmetries on punishment in economic games. Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology 7, 3-11.
  • Gallup A.C., & Eldakar O.T. (2013). The thermoregulatory theory of yawning: what we know from 5 years of research. Frontiers in Neuroscience 6, 1-13.


  • Gallup A.C., & Wilson D.S. (2012). Peer aggression and intersexual competition over dating opportunities among adolescent females. In B.C. Guevara and N.A. Becerra (Eds.), Psychology of Aggression: New Research (pp. 165-173). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Gallup A.C. (2012). Could modularity give rise to general-purpose cognitive structures? A review of Robert Kurzban, Why everyone (else) is a hypocrite: Evolution and the modular mind. Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology 6, 506-510.
  • Gallup A.C., Chong A., & Couzin I.D. (2012). The directional flow of visual information transfer between pedestrians. Biology Letters 8, 520-522.
  • Gallup A.C., Hale J.J., Sumpter D.J.T., Garnier S., Kacelnik A., Krebs J.R., & Couzin I.D. (2012). Visual attention and the acquisition of information in human crowds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109, 7245-7250.
  • Miller M.L., Gallup A.C., Vogel A.R., & Clark A.B. (2012). Auditory disturbances promote temporal clustering of yawning and stretching in small groups of budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Journal of Comparative Psychology 126, 324-328.
  • O’Brien D.T., Gallup A.C., & Wilson D.S. (2012). Residential mobility and prosocial development in a single city. American Journal of Community Psychology 50, 26-36.
  • Miller M.L., Gallup A.C., Vogel A.R., Vicario S.M., & Clark A.B. (2012). Evidence for contagious behaviors in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus): an observational study on yawning and stretching. Behavioural Processes 89, 264-270.


  • O’Brien D.T., & Gallup A.C. (2011). Using Tinbergen’s four questions (plus one) to facilitate evolution education for humans-oriented disciplines. Evolution: Education and Outreach 4, 107-113.
  • Eldakar O.T., & Gallup A.C. (2011). The group-level consequences of sexual conflict in multigroup populations. PLOS ONE 6, e26451.
  • Gallup A.C., & Hack G.D. (2011). Human paranasal sinuses and selective brain cooling in humans: a ventilation system activated by yawning? Medical Hypotheses 77, 970-973.
  • Gallup A.C., & Eldakar O.T. (2011). Contagious yawning and seasonal climate variation. Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience 3, 1-4.
  • Gallup A.C., O’Brien D.T., & Wilson D.S. (2011). Intrasexual peer aggression and dating behavior during adolescence: an evolutionary perspective. Aggressive Behavior 37, 258-267.
  • Gallup A.C. (2011). Excessive yawning and thermoregulatory dysfunction. Sleep and Breathing 3, 271-273.
  • Gallup A.C. (2011). Could yawning produce selective brain cooling in humans? eLetter on Point-Counterpoint: M.D. White, J.G. Greiner, P.L.L. McDonald, L. Nybo, and N.H. Secher. "Humans do/do not demonstrate selective brain cooling during hyperthermia." Journal of Applied Physiology (
  • Gallup A.C. (2011). The thermoregulatory hypothesis of yawning: time to reconsider terms such as “impossible” and “cannot” and evaluate theories based on evidence. Sleep Medicine 12, 102-103.
  • Gallup A.C., Miller R.R., & Clark A.B. (2011). Changes in ambient temperature trigger yawning but not stretching in rats. Ethology 117, 145-153.
  • Gallup A.C. (2011). Why do we yawn? Primitive versus derived features. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 35, 765-769.


  • Gallup A.C., O’Brien D.T., & Wilson D.S. (2010). The relationship between adolescent peer aggression and responses to a sequential Prisoner’s Dilemma game during college: an explorative study. Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology 4, 277-289.
  • Shoup-Knox M.L., Gallup A.C., Gallup Jr. G.G., & McNay E.C. (2010). Yawning and stretching predict brain temperature changes in rats: support for the thermoregulatory hypothesis. Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience 2, 1-5.
  • Gallup A.C., O’Brien D.T., White D.D., & Wilson D.S. (2010). Handgrip strength and socially dominant behavior in male adolescents. Evolutionary Psychology 8, 229-243.
  • Miller M.L., Gallup A.C., Vogel A.R., & Clark A.B. (2010). Handling-stress initially inhibits, but then potentiates yawning in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Animal Behaviour 80, 615-619.
  • White D.D., Gallup A.C., & Gallup Jr. G.G. (2010). Indirect peer aggression in adolescence and reproductive behavior. Evolutionary Psychology 8, 49-65.
  • Gallup A.C. (2010). Yawning as a behavioral adaptation to heat stress and water scarcity in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 142, 670-671.
  • O’Brien D.T., Geher G., Gallup A.C., Garcia J.R., & Kaufman S.B. (2010). Self-perceived Mating Intelligence predicts sexual behavior in college students: Empirical validation of a theoretical construct. Imagination, Cognition and Personality 29, 341-362.
  • Gallup A.C. (2010). A thermoregulatory behavior. In O. Walusinski (Ed.), The Mystery of Yawning in Physiology and Disease, Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience (28) (pp. 84-89). Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger AG – Medical and Scientific Publishers.
  • Gallup A.C., Gallup Jr. G.G., & Feo C. (2010). Yawning, sleep, and symptom relief in patients with multiple sclerosis. Sleep Medicine 11, 329-330.
  • Gallup A.C., Miller M.L., & Clark A.B. (2010). The direction and range of ambient temperature influences yawning in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Journal of Comparative Psychology 124,133-138.
  • Gallup Jr. G.G., & Gallup A.C. (2010). Excessive yawning and thermoregulation: Two case histories of chronic, debilitating bouts of yawning. Sleep and Breathing 14, 157-159.


  • Gallup A.C., & Wilson D.S. (2009). Body mass index (BMI) and peer aggression in adolescent females: An evolutionary perspective. Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology 3, 356-371.
  • Gallup A.C. (2009). Misconceptions regarding excessive yawning and sleep deprivation. In P. Fulke and S. Vaughan (Eds.), Sleep Deprivation: Causes, Effects, and Treatment (pp. 331-337). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Gallup A.C., & Gallup Jr. G.G. (2009). Venlafaxine-induced excessive yawning: A thermoregulatory connection. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry 33, 747.
  • Gallup A.C. & Gallup Jr. G.G. (2009). Medical implications of excessive yawning in relation to thermoregulatory dysfunction. European Journal of Neurology 16, e120.
  • Gallup A.C., Miller M.L., & Clark A.B. (2009). Yawning and thermoregulation: science as an incremental process. Animal Behaviour 78, e3-e5.
  • Gallup A.C., O’Brien D.T., White D.D, & Wilson D.S. (2009). Peer victimization in adolescence has different effects on the sexual behavior of male and female college students. Personality and Individual Differences 46, 611-615.
  • Gallup A.C., Miller M.L. & Clark A.B. (2009). Yawning and thermoregulation in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Animal Behaviour 77, 109-113.


  • Gallup A.C., & Gallup Jr. G.G. (2008). Yawning and thermoregulation. Physiology & Behavior 95, 10-16.


  • Gallup A.C., White D.D., & Gallup Jr. G.G. (2007). Handgrip strength predicts sexual behavior, body morphology, and aggression in male college students. Evolution and Human Behavior 28, 423-429.
  • Gallup A.C., & Gallup Jr. G.G. (2007). Yawning as a brain cooling mechanism: Nasal breathing and forehead cooling diminish the incidence of contagious yawning. Evolutionary Psychology 5, 92-101.



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