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).
- 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: 1981. Paradigms in transition: The methodology of social inquiry (R. L. Rosnow). Oxford University Press. (Copyright reverted to Rosnow.)
- People Studying People: Artifacts and Ethics in Behavioral Research
- Essentials of Behavioral Research: Methods and Data Analysis (3rd edition)
- Rumor and Gossip: The Social Psychology of Hearsay
- Writing Papers in Psychology (9th edition)
1976. Rumor and gossip: The social psychology of hearsay (R. L. Rosnow & G. A. Fine). Elsevier. (Copyright reverted to Rosnow and Fine.)
- Linked other: Rumor and Gossip: The Social Psychology of Hearsay
- 1981. Paradigms in transition: The methodology of social inquiry (R. L. Rosnow). Oxford University Press. (Copyright reverted to Rosnow.)
- 1985. Contrast analysis: Focused comparisons in the analysis of variance (R. Rosenthal & R. L. Rosnow). Cambridge University Press.
- 1986. Contextualism and understanding in behavioral science: Implications for research and theory (R. L. Rosnow & M. Georgoudi, Eds.). Praeger. (Contributors included: I. Altman, T. O. Blank, R. A. Dixon, J. S. Efran, M. Georgoudi, G. Gerbner, C. K. Germer, R. E. Lana, J. V. Lerner, R. M. Lerner, M. D. Lukens, W. J. McGuire, G. E. McKechnie, J. Meyowitz, J. G. Morawski, T. R. Sarbin, J. Shotter, and J. Veroff.)
- 1997. People studying people: Artifacts and ethics in behavioral research (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). W. H. Freeman. (Copyright reverted to Rosnow and Rosenthal.)
- 2000. Contrasts and effect sizes in behavioral research: A correlational approach (R. Rosenthal, R. L. Rosnow, & D. B. Rubin). Cambridge University Press.
- 2008. Essentials of behavioral research: Methods and data analysis, 3rd edition (R. Rosenthal & R. L. Rosnow). McGraw-Hill. (Copyright reverted to Rosenthal and Rosnow.)
- 2009. Artifacts in behavioral research: A re-issue of Artifact in Behavioral Research, Experimenter Effects in Behavioral Research, and The Volunteer Subject. (Foreword by A. E. Kazdin). Oxford University Press.
2012. Writing papers in psychology, 9th edition (R. L. Rosnow & Mimi Rosnow). Wadsworth/Cengage Learning. (Copyright reverted to R. L. Rosnow & M. Rosnow.)
- Linked other: Writing Papers in Psychology (9th edition)
- 2013. Beginning behavioral research: A conceptual primer, 7th edition (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). Pearson.
- 1989. Statistical procedures and the justification of knowledge in psychological science (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). American Psychologist, 44, 1276-1284.
- 1991. Inside rumor: A personal journey (R. L. Rosnow). American Psychologist, 46, 484-496.
- 1995. "Some things you learn aren't so": Cohen's paradox, Asch's paradigm, and the interpretation of interaction. Psychological Science (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal), 6, 3-9.
- 1996. Computing contrasts, effect sizes, and counternulls on other people's published data: General procedures for research consumers (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). Psychological Methods, 1, 331-340.
- 2000. Contrasts and correlations in effect-size estimation (R. L. Rosnow, R. Rosenthal, & D. B. Rubin). Psychological Science, 11, 446-453.
- 2002. Contrasts and correlations in theory assessment (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 27, 59-66.
- 2003. Effect sizes for experimenting psychologists (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 57, pp. 221-237. Formula noted in Table 1 should read: 1/2*loge[(1+r)/(1-r)].
- 2009. Effect sizes: Why, when, and how to use them (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). Zeitschrift fur Psychologie/Journal of Psychology, 217(1), 6-14.
- 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.
- 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