Author: Wert, S. R.

A social comparison account of gossip

(2004)
Center Authors: Wert, S. R., Salovey, P.

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The central thesis of this article is that all gossip involves social comparison. The authors address why gossip tends to be negative, make predictions about factors that trigger especially negative talk about others, and consider the morality of gossip.

Wert, S.R., & Salovey, P. (2004). A social comparison account of gossip. Review of General Psychology, 8, 122-137. doi:10.1037/1089-2680.8.2.122

Introduction to the special issue of gossip

(2004)
Center Authors: Wert, S. R., Salovey, P.

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This is an introduction to the special issue of Review of General Psychology on the issues of gossip. The authors note that gossips matters to all things social, yet social scientists have been slow to pursue the issues of gossip: the definition, reasons and consequences of it.

Wert, S. R. & Salovey, P. (2004). Introduction to the special issue of gossip. Review of General Psychology, 8, 76-77. doi:10.1037/1089-2680.8.2.76