University of Michigan psychologist resigns following concerns by statistical sleuth Simonsohn: Nature
Ed Yong, writing in Nature, reports that Lawrence Sanna, most recently of the University of Michigan, left his post at the end of May. That was several months after Uri Simonsohn, a University of Pennsylvania psychology researcher, presented Sanna, his co-authors, and Sanna’s former institution, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with evidence of “odd statistical patterns.”
Simonsohn is the researcher who also forced an investigation into the work of Dirk Smeesters, who resigned last month. Last week, Yong reported that Simonsohn had uncovered another case that hadn’t been made official yet.
According to today’s story, Sanna has asked the editor of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology — which is also retracting one of Smeesters’ papers — to retract three papers published from 2009 to 2011. These are the three he seems to have published there during that time:
- Rising up to higher virtues: Experiencing elevated physical height uplifts prosocial actions, cited twice, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge
- Think and act globally, think and act locally: Cooperation depends on matching construal to action levels in social dilemmas, cited three times
- When thoughts don’t feel like they used to: Changing feelings of subjective ease in judgments of the past, cited three times
The resignations of course follow that of Diederik Stapel, another psychology researcher.
Read Yong’s full report here.
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