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Ralph L. Rosnow

Ralph L. Rosnow

A thread running through much of my research and writing is what pragmatist philosopher C. S. Peirce called the fixation of belief, but which I have viewed in a more granular sense from the perspective of some ways by which assumptions, convictions, actions, generalizations, and inferences are defended or justified. I have tried to be sensitive to the given that context matters, whether the content has to do with attitude and impression formation; the transactional nature of rumor or gossip; the plausibility of levels of interpersonal acumen; my early work with Robert Rosenthal on problems of participant or subject artifacts; the delicate balance between ethical and methodological considerations in research; or parameters of empirical and statistical procedures. In more recent work with Bob, we have written about research methods and data-analytic procedures, including working with Donald B. Rubin on contrasts and correlational effect size indices. I have also written about contextualism and epistemological issues and been inspired by William J. McGuire's perspectivism. Since retiring from the riveting poignancy of academic life, I have kept busy reading, writing, and ruminating. Along with Bob, I am also interested in open access to scholarly work, and in this spirit we are exploring ways of granting free digital access to books of ours that are out of print and which we have been assigned the Rights. Currently, two such books (People Studying People and my old Paradigms in Transition book) are accessible by clicking on the FILES tab above.

Primary Interests:

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

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Other Publications:

  • Rosnow, R. L. (2001). Rumor and gossip in interpersonal interaction and beyond: A social exchange perspective. In R. M. Kolwalski (Ed.), Behaving badly: Aversive behaviors in interpersonal relationships (pp. 203-232). American Psychological Assn.

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Ralph L. Rosnow
Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087
United States

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