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Robert Rosenthal

Robert Rosenthal

For more than 50 years, Robert Rosenthal has conducted research on the role of self-fulfilling prophecies in everyday life and in laboratory situations. Special interests include the effects of teacher's expectations on students' academic and physical performance, the effects of experimenters' expectations on the results of their research, and the effects of clinicians' expectations on their patients' mental and physical health.

During this time he has also been studying the role of nonverbal communication in (a) the mediation of interpersonal expectancy effects and in (b) the relationship between members of small groups. In addition, he has explored sources of artifact in behavioral research and in various quantitative procedures. In the realm of data analysis, his special interests are in experimental design and analysis, contrast analysis, and meta-analysis. His most recent books and articles are about these areas of data analysis and about the nature of nonverbal communication in teacher-student, doctor-patient, manager-employee, judge-jury, and psychotherapist-client interaction.

Professor Rosenthal is the recipient of several national awards, including election to Fellow status in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009), the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology of the American Psychological Foundation (2003), Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology (APA, 2002), Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (APA Division 5, 2002), James McKeen Cattell Award (APS, 2001), Distinguished Scientist Award (SESP 1996), AAAS Prize for Behavioral Science Research (1993, with Nalini Ambady), Donald Campbell Award (SPSP, 1988), and AAAS Socio-Psychological Prize (1960, with Kermit Fode). He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow, Senior Fulbright Scholar, and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Professor Rosenthal served as Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Statistical Inference.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Communication, Language
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Research Methods, Assessment

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Journal Articles:

  • Ambady, N., & Rosenthal, R. (1992). Thin slices of expressive behavior as predictors of interpersonal consequences: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 111, 256-274.
  • Harris, M. J., & Rosenthal, R. (1985). Mediation of interpersonal expectancy effects: 31 meta-analyses. Psychological Bulletin, 97, 363-386.
  • Rosenthal, R. (2002). Covert communication in classrooms, clinics, courtrooms, and cubicles. American Psychologist, 57, 839-849.
  • Rosenthal, R., & Rubin, D. B. (2003). r equivalent: A simple effect size indicator. Psychological Methods, 8, 492-496.
  • Westen, D., & Rosenthal, R. (2003). Quantifying construct validity: Two simple measures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 608-618.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Research Methods (Psych 109)
  • Current Research in Quantitative Psychology (Psych 270)
  • Experimental Design and Analysis of Variance (Psych 213)
  • Psychological Methods: Statistical Procedures (Psych 011)
  • Statistical Inference (Psych 211)

Robert Rosenthal
Department of Psychology
University of California
Psychology Building
Riverside, California 92521
United States of America

  • Phone: (951) 827-4503
  • Fax: (951) 789-9269

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