An implicit theme running through most of my work is what C. S. Peirce (1877) characterized as the fixation of belief. More specifically, I am interested in how assumptions, inferences, generalizations, and the like can become habits of thought and justifications for conduct and assertions. My studies of attitude and impression formation, persuasion and opinion change, circumstances of rumor and gossip, and levels of interpersonal acumen impressed upon me a given that -- whatever happens to be the question, phenomenon, or construct of interest -- context matters. With Marianthi Georgoudi and Marianne E. Jaeger, we published extensions of what Stephen C. Pepper (1942) had coined as contextualism.
Methodological, statistical, and ethical issues in generating, describing, exploring, and drawing conclusions from data are other long-time interests. My earliest study in this general area was conducted when I was a freshly minted Ph.D. working in Washington, DC. The study had to do with political partisans' perceptions of the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates. My first collaborative work on biases was another small-sample study, this one, however, on the use of volunteer subjects in opinion change studies. I was a young assistant professor in a new graduate program in communication research at Boston University, and Bob Rosenthal was across the river, a young assistant professor at Harvard. I invited Bob to collaborate in some ongoing research, and to my good fortune he accepted. A few years later, this led to a coedited book, Artifact in Behavioral Research, and then to a coauthored monograph on the volunteer subject and a primer of methods for the behavioral sciences. Since then, my old friend and I have further collaborated on research, ideas, and over a baker's dozen additional coauthored books.
Since retiring from the riveting poignancy of academic life, I have kept busy reading, writing, and ruminating in my bosky dell. In weekly chats with Bob, we have discussed the idea of providing open access to several methods books that are no longer readily available. By opening the FILES tab above, it is possible to access three such books.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Interpersonal Processes
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Social Cognition
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Paradigms in Transition: The Methodology of Social Inquiry.
- Linked publication: Rosnow, R. L. (1981). Paradigms in transition: The methodology of social inquiry. Oxford University Press. (Copyright held by Rosnow.)
People Studying People: Artifacts and Ethics in Behavioral Research
- Linked publication: Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (1997). People studying people: Artifacts and ethics in behavioral research. W. H. Freeman. (Copyright held by Rosnow and Rosenthal.)
- Essentials of Behavioral Research: Methods and Data Analysis (3rd edition)
- Rosenthal, R., & Rosnow, R. L. (2009). Artifacts in behavioral research. (Single volume reissue of three books: 1. Artifact in behavioral research; 2. Experimenter effects in behavioral research; 3. The volunteer subject). Oxford University Press.
- Rosenthal, R., & Rosnow, R. L. (2008). Essentials of behavioral research: Methods and data analysis (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill. (Copyright held by Rosenthal and Rosnow.)
- Rosenthal, R., & Rosnow, R. L. (1985, 2009). Contrast analysis: Focused comparisons in the analysis of variance. Cambridge University Press.
- Rosenthal, R., Rosnow, R. L., & Rubin, D. B. (2000). Contrasts and effect sizes in behavioral research: A correlational approach. Cambridge University Press.
- Rosnow, R. L. (1981). Paradigms in transition: The methodology of social inquiry. Oxford University Press. (Copyright held by Rosnow.)
- Rosnow, R. L., & Fine, G. A. (1976). Rumor and gossip: The social psychology of hearsay. Elsevier.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Georgoudi, M. (Eds.).(1986). Contextualism and understanding in behavioral science: Implications for research and theory. New York: Praeger.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (2013). Beginning behavioral research: A conceptual primer (7th ed.). Pearson.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (1997). People studying people: Artifacts and ethics in behavioral research. W. H. Freeman. (Copyright held by Rosnow and Rosenthal.)
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosnow, M. (2012). Writing papers in psychology (9th ed.). Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.
- Rosnow, R. L. (1997). Hedgehogs, foxes, and the evolving social contract in psychological science: Ethical challenges and methodological opportunities. Psychological Methods, 2, 345-356.
- Rosnow, R. L. (1991). Inside rumor: A personal journey. American Psychologist, 46, 484-496.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (2003). Effect sizes for experimenting psychologists. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 57, pp. 221-237. Formula noted in Table 1 should read: 1/2*loge[(1+r)/(1-r)].
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (1996). Computing contrasts, effect sizes, and counternulls on other people's published data: General procedures for research consumers. Psychological Methods, 1, 331-340.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (1995). "Some things you learn aren't so": Cohen's paradox, Asch's paradigm, and the interpretation of interaction. Psychological Science, 6, 3-9.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (1989). Definition and interpretation of interaction effects. Psychological Bulletin, 105, 143-146.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (1989). Statistical procedures and the justification of knowledge in psychological science. American Psychologist, 44, 1276-1284.
- Rosnow, R. L., Rosenthal, R., & Rubin D. B. (2000). Contrasts and correlations in effect-size estimation. Psychological Science, 11, 446-453.
- Rosnow, R. L., Skleder, A. A., Jaeger, M. E., & Rind, B. (1994). Intelligence and the epistemics of interpersonal acumen: Testing some implications of Gardner's theory. Intelligence, 19, 93-116.
- 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 Association Press.
- Graduate Course in Data Analysis
- Graduate Course in Research Methods
- Graduate Seminar on Social Psychology
- Undergraduate Course in Research Methods
Ralph L. Rosnow
Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087