So some guy named Diederik Stapel has been “outed as one of the biggest frauds in scientific history.”Peer-reviewed journal articles that to normal human beings would have seemed too dopey to say anything definitive about human behavior have turned out to be based on, wait for it, fictitious data.
“This is absolutely horrifying,” said Laura King, a social psychologist at the University of Missouri in Columbia. “We are talking about research that has major impact in the field of social cognition.”
“Our field is one where a great deal of currency is placed on surprising you,” says University of Connecticut psychologist Hart Blanton. …