Category Archives: Rumors

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Wisconsin Public Radio

Interview with Joy Cardin, Friday, 9/12/2008, 6:00 AM, …easy to believe… tough to silence… After six, Joy Cardin and her guest takes a look at rumors… why we believe them… why we spread them… and how they affect our behavior.

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The Watercooler Effect | What’s truth got to do with it?

Interview at Rochester Institute of Technology, August 2008, with Susan Galowicz and Michael Saffran.

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The John Batchelor Show

Interview on the John Batchelor Show, Sunday September 7, 2008.

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Word of Mouth | NH Public Radio

The Watercooler Effect, Interview on Word of Mouth, New Hampshire Public Radio, Monday September 8, 2008.

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Professor Nick on “Connect with Karen”

Connect With Karen Online on Thursday, September 11 – 6 PM EST Join Karen as she interviews Nicholas DiFonzo, Psychologist author of: “The Watercooler Effect: A Psychologist Explores the Extraordinary Power of Rumors” Join the conversation by calling 914-338-1033 during the show All interviews are then replayed on

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Inaccuracy of Anonymous Gossip Sites

[From an excellent former student of mine] Greetings, Professor– I hope this note finds you well. Congratulations (a little in advance) on your new book–it’s quite the testament to the significant body of knowledge you’ve acquired via your research. While reading RIT’s news, I happened across an article about your blog at and thought […]

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Obama’s Response to Rumors

In some recent interviews with press, I give the Obama campaign a high mark for his handling of false rumors. These include that he is a Muslim, that he swore his oath of Senate office on a Koran, and that he refuses to pledge allegiance to the flag. The rumors are interesting because they capitalize […]

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Dread Internet Rumors

Professor DiFonzo, I’m a graduate student at [a] Journalism School. I’m currently researching a paper on internet rumor, and read your 2004 article in the Social Psychology Quarterly. I’m interested to hear if you’ve done further research in the area since then along with your views on the rise of sites such as Facebook. In […]

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Rumor vs. Grapevine

Dear Professor Nick. I am a girl from Denmark who currently writes an exam paper on rumors. I am facing a big obstacle in my assignment that I cannot seem to find the answer to – therefore, I was really hoping that you might be willing to help me. The thing is, that I need […]

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Ask Professor Nick

To ask me a question about topics related to rumor, please contact me at I will do my best to answer your question personally within a week. In order to help others who might have the same question, I will remove any identifying information and I may post both the question and answer on […]

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