Prominent Social Scientist Faked Dozens of Studies. How Could Anyone Tell?

Sociology

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. …

Exactly. SURPRISE!

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3 Responses to Prominent Social Scientist Faked Dozens of Studies. How Could Anyone Tell?

  1. Lars Walker says:

    It was a Smithsonian Institution director (I forget which one) years ago who wrote, “I will start considering the social sciences genuine sciences when it ceases to be true that you can predict the results of any study by finding out how the researcher voted in the last election.”

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  2. I’m just shocked, SHOCKED! that there is fraudulent science going on in publicly funded places…

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  3. I’ll have to remember that one Lars.

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