McAndrew to Give Talk on the Awkwardness of Family Life, Sept. 27

Sunday, September 27, 2015
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Auditorium
Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria

We all know, “you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family!”

Most of us can count on our families when the chips are down, but at the same time, no one knows how to push your buttons like family, and they never seem to miss an opportunity to do so.

In conjunction with “Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibit,” Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, will give a talk on the Awkwardness of Family Life, exploring how the collision between the psychology that evolved in our distant past and the demands of the 21st century produces the comedy and tragedy of modern family life.

McAndrew is a social psychologist who studies human social behavior from an evolutionary perspective, usually relying on an experimental approach. He focuses on gossip, aggression, creepiness, and the psychology underlying social media.

Free with general admission. For more information, call 309-686-7000.