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Ralph L. Rosnow

Ralph L. Rosnow

Methodological, statistical, and ethical practices in generating, describing, exploring, and drawing conclusions from observational data are long-time interests. I am also interested in how assumptions, inferences, generalizations, and the like can become habits of thought and justifications for convictions and conduct, no matter how distorted or irrational some may come to seem. My research on attitude and impression formation, persuasion and opinion change, rumor and gossip, interpersonal acumen, and sources of unintended factors known as artifacts has been a constant reminder that the sociotemporal contexts in which observational data are situated are not static, but in continual flux. In the case of artifacts, as William McGuire noted, today's artifact may become tomorrow's independent variable; the same conditions discounted as nuisance variables at one time may later become variables of interest in their own right.

Clicking on the Files tab above, then choosing a highlighted title and clicking on View/Download, provides open access to scanned copies of the following out-of-print books for which my coauthors and I have received the rights from the publishers: Essentials of Behavioral Research: Methods and Data Analysis (3rd edition, coauthored with Bob Rosenthal); People Studying People: Artifacts and Ethics in Behavioral Research (also coauthored with Bob); Writing Papers in Psychology: Proposals, Research Papers, Literature Reviews, Poster Presentations and Concise Reports (9th edition, coauthored with Mimi Rosnow); Rumor and Gossip: The Social Psychology of Hearsay (coauthored with Gary Fine); and Paradigms in Transition: The Methodology of Social Inquiry. Two of these books are also openly available in Harvard's DASH repository (for links, click on the Publications tab above, then on the title Essentials of Behavioral Research or the title People Studying People).

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • 2001. Rumor and gossip in interpersonal interaction and beyond: A social exchange perspective (R. L. Rosnow). In R. M. Kolwalski (Ed.), Behaving badly: Aversive behaviors in interpersonal relationships (pp. 203-232). American Psychological Association Press.
  • 2013. Ethics and quantitative methods (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). In T. D. Little (Ed.), Oxford handbook of quantitative methods (Vol. 1, pp. 31-53). Oxford University Press.

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Ralph L. Rosnow
Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087
United States

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