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Senior Instructor in Psychology

Kevin Bennett

Contact Information

Penn State Beaver
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061-2799

03F Ross Administration Building
Phone: 724-773-3904
Email: klb48@psu.edu


Kevin L. Bennett received his B. A. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1996 and his M.S. in experimental psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2000. He joined the Penn State Beaver faculty in fall 2004 and maintains an active roster of teaching and research. He is the recipient of the 2011-2012 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/Andrews Industrial Controls, Inc. Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.


Master of Science, University of New Mexico, 2000 Albuquerque, NM
Major Area: Experimental Psychology
Minor Area: Quantitative Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1996, Ann Arbor, MI
Concentration Area: Psychology

Research Interests

  • Pedagogical issues, especially personality and classroom preferences
  • Application of evolutionary social psychology to psychological design
  • The adaptive design and function of emotions such as jealousy and guilt
  • The expression of adaptations in romantic relationships, friendships, and families


Bennett, K. L. (in preparation). Personality and seat preference: Classroom distribution of big five personality traits.

Bennett, K. L. (in preparation). Giving psychology its props: Effective teaching gadgets for larger classes

Bennett, K. L. (2012) Jealousy's design: Maladaptive trait or psychological solution? Lambert Academic Publishing PDF Book Cover Website

Schmitt, D. P., Allik, J., McCrae, R. R., Benet-Martinez, V., Alcalay, L., Ault, L., Austers, I., Bennett, K. L., etc*  (2007). The geographic distribution of big five personality traits: Patterns and profiles of human self-description across 56 nations. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 38, 173-212Full Text PDF

Schmitt, D. P., Alcalay, L.M., Allik, J., Angleitner, A., Ault, L., Austers, I., Bennett, K. L., et al.* (2004).  Patterns and universals of mate poaching across 53 nations: The effects of sex, culture, and personality on romantically attracting another person’s partner. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 560-584Full Text PDF

Schmitt, D. P., Alcalay, L., Allensworth, M., Allik, J., Ault, L., Austers, I., Bennett, K. L., et al.* (2004).  Patterns and universals of adult romantic attachment across 62 cultural regions: Are models of self and other pancultural constructs? Journal of  Cross-Cultural Psychology, 35, 367-402Full Text PDF

Bennett, K. L. (2004).  How to start teaching a tough course: Dry organization vs. excitement on the first day of class. College Teaching, 52, 106Full Text PDF

Schmitt, D. P., Alcalay, L, M., Allik, J., Ault, L., Austers, I., Bennett, K. L., et al.* (2003). Universal sex differences in the desire for sexual variety: Tests from 52 nations, 6 continents, and 13 islands. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 85-104Full Text PDF

Schmitt, D. P., Alcalay, L., Allensworth, M., Allik, J., Ault, L., Austers, I., Bennett, K. L., et al.* (2003). Are men universally more dismissing than women? Gender differences in romantic attachment across 62 cultural regions. Personal Relationships, 10, 309-333.  Full Text PDF

Shackelford, T. K., Buss, D. M., & Bennett, K. L. (2002). Forgiveness or break up: Sex differences in responses to a partner’s infidelity. Cognition & Emotion, 16, 299-307Full Text PDF

Gangestad, S. W., Bennett, K. L., & Thornhill, R. (2001). A latent variable model of developmental instability in relation to men’s sexual behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, B., 268, 1677-1684.  Full Text PDF

Buss, D. M., Shackelford, T. K., Kirkpatrick, L. A., Choe, J. C., Lim, H. K., Hasegawa, M. H., Hasegawa, T., & Bennett, K. L. (1999).  Jealousy and the nature of beliefs about infidelity: Tests of competing hypotheses about sex differences in the United States, Korea, and Japan. Personal Relationships, 6, 125-150Full Text PDF

*Indicates research conducted with David P. Schmitt on the International Sexuality Description Project (ISDP). I served as co-collaborator and site coordinator on this large cross-cultural data set involving over 50 nations, 6 continents, and 60 other investigators. 


Introductory Psychology
Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior, and their applications.

Social Psychology
Research and theory on topics including interpersonal attraction, aggression, helping, attitudes, attribution, cooperation, competition, and groups, from a psychological perspective.

Applied Social Psychology
Application of social psychological theories and research methods to field settings and to the study of social issues.

Principles of Psychological Measurement
Scale transformation, norms, standardization, validation procedures, and estimation of reliability.

Personality Psychology
Past and recent conceptualizations of key issues and root ideas of personality psychology.

Evolutionary Psychology
Survey of evolutionary perspectives in current psychological research. This course demonstrates how knowledge and principles from evolutionary biology are used to conduct research on the design of the human mind.

Elementary Statistics
Frequency distributions and graphs; measures of central tendency and variability; normal probability curve; elementary sampling and reliability; correlations; simple regression equations.

Online Course:  Introductory Psychology
Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

Independent Studies in Psychology
Various credit hours for undergraduate research projects


Intro to Psychology

Kevin Bennett teaches Psychology 100 at Penn State Beaver.
Students enjoy Kevin Bennett's Intro to Psychology class.


Recommended Academic Plans

Psychology, B.A.

Psychology, B.S. 

Business Option

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