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 volunteer subject bias and other artifacts in behavioral research; attitude and impression formation; the psychology of rumor and gossip; interpersonal acumen, synthetic benevolence, and synthetic malevolence; 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 (now in its 9th edition) 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, Robert Rosenthal. Since retiring from Temple University at the end of 2001, I have been mainly interested in a range of issues related to research methods and data analysis, with particular emphasis on k > 2 contrasts and associated effect size indices.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Interpersonal Processes
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Social Cognition
- Rosenthal, R., & Rosnow, R. L. (2009). Artifacts in behavioral research. (Reissue of three books: 1. Artifact in behavioral research; 2. Experimenter effects in behavioral research; 3. The volunteer subject). Oxford University Press.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosnow, M. (2012). Writing papers in psychology (9th ed.). Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. (Japanese language paperback edition ISBN: 9784788511026 of WPP 8th ed.)
- Rosenthal, R., & Rosnow, R. L. (2008). Essentials of behavioral research: Methods and data analysis (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill. (For those who are interested in this book and having difficulty getting a copy, Bob and I recently learned that this 3rd edition is available in a Chinese edition, ISBN 978-7-115-26987-4, published in 2012 by Posts & Telecom Press, Beijing. The Chinese edition is an exact hard cover replica, in English, of EBR3, with occasional annotations in Chinese. We were able to order a couple of inexpensive copies through Amazon. We are slowly at work on a 4th edition.)
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (2013). Beginning behavioral research: A conceptual primer (7th ed.). Pearson.
- Rosenthal, R., Rosnow, R. L., & Rubin, D. B. (2000). Contrasts and effect sizes in behavioral research: A correlational approach. Cambridge University Press.
- Rosenthal, R., & Rosnow, R. L. (1985, 2009). Contrast analysis: Focused comparisons in the analysis of variance. Cambridge University Press.
- Rosnow, R. L. (1981). Paradigms in transition: The methodology of social inquiry. Oxford University Press.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Fine, G. A. (1976). Rumor and gossip: The social psychology of hearsay. Elsevier.
- Rosnow, R. L., & Rosenthal, R. (2002). Contrasts and correlations in theory assessment. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 27, 59-66.
- Rosnow, R. L., Rosenthal, R., & Rubin D. B. (2000). Contrasts and correlations in effect-size estimation. Psychological Science, 11, 446-453.
- Rosnow, R. L. (1997). Hedgehogs, foxes, and the evolving social contrast in psychological science: Ethical challenges and methodological opportunities. Psychological Methods, 2, 345-356.
- 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. (1991). Inside rumor: A personal journey. American Psychologist, 46, 484-496.
- 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. (1989). Definition and interpretation of interaction effects. Psychological Bulletin, 105, 143-146.
- Rosnow, R. L. (1980). Psychology of rumor reconsidered. Psychological Bulletin, 87, 578-591.
- 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. (2013). Quantitative methods and ethics. In T. D. Little (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of quantitative methods (Vol. 1, pp. 32-54). Oxford U. Press.
- Rosnow, R. L. (2001). Rumor and gossip in interpersonal interaction and beyond: A social exchange perspective. In R. M. Kowalski (Ed.), Behaving badly: Aversive behaviors in interpersonal relationships (pp. 203-232). APA Press.
- Graduate Course in Data Analysis
- Graduate Course in Research Methods
- Graduate Seminar on Social Psychology
- Undergraduate Course in Research Methods
Ralph L. Rosnow