Richard Wohl

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Richard Wohl (1921 – November 15, 1957) was a sociologist known for coining the term "parasocial interactions" defined as a sense of friendship or relationship that viewers form with media personae. His influential paper, co-authored with Donald Horton, was published in 1956. He died of cancer in 1957.


  • Horton, Donald; R. Richard Wohl (1956). "Mass communication and para-social interaction: Observations on intimacy at a distance". Psychiatry. 19 (3): 215–229. PMID 13359569.  republished in Particip@tions 3 (1) ISSN 1749-8716
  • Strauss, A. L. (March 1958). "In Memoriam: R. Richard Wohl, 1921-1957". The American Journal of Sociology. 63 (5): 533–534. doi:10.1086/222304. JSTOR 2773080.