Rumor Research

Selected Scholarly Books & Articles on Rumor

Allport, F. H., & Lepkin, M. (1945). Wartime rumors of waste and special privilege: Why some people believe them. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 40, 3-36.

Allport, G. W., & Postman, L. J. (1947). The psychology of rumor. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

Bordia, P., & DiFonzo, N. (2002). When social psychology became less social: Prasad and the history of rumor research. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 5, 49-61.

Bordia, P., & DiFonzo, N. (2004). Problem solving in social interactions on the Internet: Rumor as social cognition. Social Psychology Quarterly, 67, 33-49.

Bordia, P., & DiFonzo, N. (2004). Problem solving in social interactions on the Internet: Rumor as social cognition. Social Psychology Quarterly, 67, 33-49.

Bordia, P., & Rosnow, R. L. (1998). Rumor rest stops on the information superhighway: A naturalistic study of transmission patterns in a computer-mediated rumor chain. Human Communication Research, 25, 163-179.

Bordia, P., DiFonzo, N., Haines, R., & Chaseling, L. (2005). Rumor denials as persuasive messages: Effects of personal relevance, source, and message characteristics. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35(6), 1301-1331.

Buckner, H. T. (1965). A theory of rumor transmission. Public Opinion Quarterly, 29, 54-70.

Caplow, T. (1947). Rumors in war. Social Forces, 25, 298-302.

DiFonzo, N. (2008). Rumors. In William A. Darity, Jr., Editor-in-chief. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (Vol. 7, 2nd ed., pp. 295-298). Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA (Thomson Gale).

DiFonzo, N. (2008). The Watercooler Effect: A Psychologist Explores the Extraordinary Power of Rumors. New York: Avery (Penguin).

DiFonzo, N., & Bordia, P. (1997). Rumor and prediction: Making sense (but losing dollars) in the stock market. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 71(3), 329-353.

DiFonzo, N., & Bordia, P. (1998). A tale of two corporations: Managing uncertainty during organizational change. Human Resource Management, 37, 295-303.

DiFonzo, N., & Bordia, P. (2000). How top PR professionals handle hearsay: Corporate rumors, their effects, and strategies to manage them. Public Relations Review, 26, 173-190.

DiFonzo, N., & Bordia, P. (2007). Rumor psychology: Social & organizational approaches. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

DiFonzo, N., & Bordia, P. (2007). Rumor, gossip, and urban legends. Diogènes 213, 54(1). 19-35.

DiFonzo, N., & Bordia, P. (2007). Rumors influence: Toward a dynamic social impact theory of rumor. In A. R. Pratkanis (Ed.), The Science of Social Influence: Advances and Future Progress. [pp.271-296]. Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.

DiFonzo, N., Bordia, P., & Rosnow, R. L. (1994). Reining in rumors. Organizational Dynamics, 23(1), 47-62.

Fine, G. A. (1992). Manufacturing tales: Sex and money in contemporary legends. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press.

Fine, G. A., Campion-Vincent, V., & Heath, C. (Eds.), Rumor mills: The social impact of rumor and legend. NY: Aldine

Heath, C., Bell, C., & Sternberg, E. (2001). Emotional selection in memes: The case of urban legends. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81, 1028-1041.

Kapferer, J. N. (1990). Rumors: Uses, interpretations, and images. (B. Fink, Trans.). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, p. 217. (Original work published 1987 as Rumeurs: Le Plus Vieux Média du Monde [Rumors: The world’s oldest media]. Paris: Editions du Seuil).

Kelley, S. R. (2004). Rumors in Iraq: A guide to winning hearts and minds. Unpublished Master’s Thesis, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Retrieved November 16, 2004.

Kimmel, A. J. (2004). Rumors and rumor control: A manager’s guide to understanding and combating rumors. Mahwah, NJ: LEA Publishers.

Knapp, R. H. (1944). A psychology of rumor. Public Opinion Quarterly, 8, 22-27.

Knopf, T. A. (1975). Rumor, race and riots. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books.

Koenig, F. W. (1985). Rumor in the marketplace: The social psychology of commercial hearsay. Dover, MA: Auburn House

Koller, M. (1993). Rebutting accusations: When does it work, when does it fail. European Journal of Social Psychology, 23, 373-389.

Prasad, J. (1935). The psychology of rumour: A study relating to the great Indian earthquake of 1934. British Journal of Psychology, 26, 1-15.

Rosnow, R. L. (1991). Inside rumor: A personal journey. American Psychologist, 46, 484-496.

Schindler, M. (2007). Rumors in financial markets: Insights into behavioral finance. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Shibutani, T. (1966). Improvised news: A sociological study of rumor. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill.

Suls, J. M., & Goodkin, F. (1994). Medical gossip and rumor: Their role in the lay referral system. In R. F. Goodman & A. Ben-Ze’ev, Good Gossip (pp. 169-179). Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.

Turner, P. A., & Fine, G. A. (2001). Whispers on the color line: Rumor and race in America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Turner, R. H. (1994). Rumor as intensified information seeking: Earthquake rumors in China and the United States. In R. R. Dynes & K. J. Tierney (Eds.), Disasters, collective behavior, and social organization, (pp. 244-256). Newark, DE: Univ. of Delaware Press.

Walker, C. J., & Beckerle, C. A. (1987). The effect of anxiety on rumor transmission. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 2, 353-360.

Walker, C. J., & Blaine, B. (1991). The virulence of dread rumors: A field experiment. Language and Communication, 11, 291-297.