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Ralph L. Rosnow

Ralph L. Rosnow

The focus of most of my work is on how people make sense of their experiential world and justify inferences, generalizations, and actions. I have studied and written about aspects of this question from the perspective of science and the idea of behavioral research, volunteer subject bias and other sources of artifacts; factors influencing attitude and impression formation; the social psychology of rumor and gossip; interpersonal acumen; contextualism and issues in ethics; and the analysis and interpretation of research data. For many years I have had the pleasure of coauthoring a writing manual for psychology students with my wife, Mimi, and collaborating on books, articles, and empirical studies on research methods and data analytic procedures with my old friend and colleague, Bob Rosenthal. Since retiring from the riveting poignancy of academic life, I have kept busy reading, writing, and ruminating, and continue to be interested in research methods and data analysis.

Primary Interests:

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


Journal Articles:

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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