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Ralph L. Rosnow

Ralph L. Rosnow

Methodological, data analytic, and ethical issues and practices in behavioral and social research are long-time interests. As a social psychologist, my research has focused on attitudes and impression formation, persuasion and opinion change, interpersonal acumen (reading people's intentions and actions), and the psychology of rumor and gossip. I have also explored and, with Bob Rosenthal, have written about the volunteer subject and issues of artifacts in human subject research.

In the spirit of fostering open access to out-of-print books, 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 five books for which my coauthors and I have received the rights from the publishers: (1) Essentials of Behavioral Research: Methods and Data Analysis (3rd edition, coauthored with Bob Rosenthal); (2) People Studying People: Artifacts and Ethics in Behavioral Research (also coauthored with Bob); (3) Writing Papers in Psychology (9th edition, coauthored with Mimi Rosnow); (4) Rumor and Gossip: The Social Psychology of Hearsay (coauthored with Gary Fine); and (5) Paradigms in Transition: The Methodology of Social Inquiry. The two books above with Bob also are openly available for viewing and download in Harvard University'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).

Primary Interests:

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

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Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • 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.

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Ralph L. Rosnow
Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087
United States

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