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 become habits of thought and justifications for conduct and convictions. Research on attitude and impression formation, persuasion and opinion change, rumor and gossip, interpersonal acumen, unintended factors known as artifacts, and so on, has impressed upon me the difficulties of applying the scientific method to behavioral studies. It has also been a constant reminder that, like the meaning of a word or phrase that depends on its context, it is essential not to strip away certain contextual factors of experimental observations when drawing conclusions.
Methodological, statistical, and ethical issues and practices when generating, describing, exploring, and drawing conclusions from data are long-time interests. My earliest study of judgment biases was conducted when I was a freshly minted Ph.D. working in Washington, DC. The study had to do with political partisans' judgments of the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debates. I wrote it up when I came to Boston University to teach in a new master's degree program in communication research. At BU, I also began doing studies that morphed into a program of research on the volunteer subject. I think it was Gordon Russell who introduced me to Bob Rosenthal at an EPA meeting in Atlantic City. Bob, then a Lecturer on Clinical Psychology at Harvard, had a program of research focused on experimenter effects in the subject-experimenter interaction. He had also been writing an article on the volunteer subject. I invited him to collaborate on a study, and to my good fortune he accepted. The collaboration also soon led to our first book together, Artifact in Behavioral Research, followed several years later by a book length monograph on the volunteer subject and a paperback primer of methods for the behavioral sciences. Since then, my old friend and I have collaborated on articles, chapters, and a baker's dozen additional books in the area of methodology and data analysis.
Since retiring in 2002 from the riveting poignancy of academic life, I have kept busy reading, writing, and ruminating, and more recently have been exploring ways of providing free open access to books that are no longer in print but are still of some interest. By opening the FILES tab above, it is possible to freely access four books. After opening FILES, click on a highlighted title, and then on View/Download.
- 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
- Linked publication: 1997. People studying people: Artifacts and ethics in behavioral research (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). W. H. Freeman. (Copyright reverted to Rosnow and Rosenthal.)
- Essentials of Behavioral Research: Methods and Data Analysis (3rd edition)
- Rumor and Gossip: The Social Psychology of Hearsay
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.). New York: Praeger.
- 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.
- 2013. Beginning behavioral research: A conceptual primer, 7th edition (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). Pearson.
- 1989. Definition and interpretation of interaction effects (R. L. Rosnow & R. Rosenthal). Psychological Bulletin, 105, 143-146.
- 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.
- 1994. Intelligence and the epistemics of interpersonal acumen: Testing some implications of Gardner's theory (R. L. Rosnow, A. A. Skleder, M. E. Jaeger, & B. Rind). Intelligence, 19, 93-116.
- 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.
- 1997. Hedgehogs, foxes, and the evolving social contract in psychological science: Ethical challenges and methodological opportunities (R. L. Rosnow). Psychological Methods, 2, 345-356.
- 2000. Contrasts and correlations in effect-size estimation (R. L. Rosnow, R. Rosenthal, & D. B. Rubin). Psychological Science, 11, 446-453.
- 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)].
- 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.
- 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