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Ralph L. Rosnow

Ralph L. Rosnow

A thread running through my research, theoretical formulations, and writing has been how we impose meaning on our experiential world and justify inferences, generalizations, and actions. The collaborative sociopsychological research has focused on aspects of attitude and impression formation, rumor and gossip, interpersonal acumen, and the social psychology of people studying people. For many years, my wife, Mimi, and I have coauthored a writing manual for undergraduate psychology students, and my old friend Bob Rosenthal and I have coauthored books and articles on research methods and data analysis. Since retiring from the riveting poignancy of academic life, I have kept busy reading, writing, and ruminating.

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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