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Gordon G Gallup

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Name  Gordon Gallup

Role  Psychologist
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Education  Washington State University

Gordon G. Gallup Jr. (; born 1941) is a psychologist in the University at Albany's Psychology department, researching biopsychology.

Gallup received his Ph.D. degree from Washington State University in 1968, after which he joined the faculty of the Psychology Department at Tulane University. He is best known for developing the mirror test, also called the mirror self-recognition test, or MSR, in 1970, which gauges self-awareness of animals. In 1975, Gallup moved to the University at Albany.

During his tenure at Tulane, Gallup also developed a research interest in tonic immobility, or "animal hypnosis," which he continued at the University at Albany. His later work on animal behavior was concerned with ethological approaches to the study of animal behavior under laboratory conditions, which he pursued with Susan Suarez in the 1980s.

Since the 1990s, Gallup has researched human evolutionary psychology exclusively. Gallup's article entitled "Does Semen Have Antidepressant Properties?" attracted the attention of the media when it was published in 2002. Gallup commented, "I want to make it clear that we are not advocating that people abstain from using condoms, clearly an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease would more than offset any advantageous psychological effects of semen."


  • Gallup, G. G., Jr. (1970). Chimpanzees: Self Recognition. Science, 167, 86-87.
  • Gallup, G. G., Jr. (1977). Self-recognition in primates: A comparative approach to the bidirectional properties of consciousness. American Psychologist, 32(5), 329-338.
  • Gallup, G. G., Jr., Burch, R. L., & Platek, S. M. (2002). Does semen have antidepressant properties? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 31(3), 289-293.
  • Hughes, S.M., Dispenza, F., Gallup, G.G., Jr., (2004). Ratings of voice attractiveness predict sexual behavior and body configuration. Evolution and Human Behavior, 25, 295-304.
  • Platek, S.M., Burch, R.L., Panyavin, I.S., Wasserman, B.H., & Gallup, G.G., Jr. (2002). Reactions to children's faces: Resemblance affects males more than females. Evolution and Human Behavior, 23, 159-166.
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    Gordon G. Gallup Wikipedia