Retractions arrive for former Wash U neuroscience grad student found to have committed misconduct
Two studies by Adam Savine, the former Washington University neuroscience graduate student found by the Office of Research Integrity to have falsified data, have been retracted.
Here’s the notice for one:
The Journal of Neuroscience has received the findings of the Office of Research Integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services, which report substantial data misrepresentation in the article “Motivated Cognitive Control: Reward Incentives Modulate Preparatory Neural Activity during Task-Switching” by Adam C. Savine and Todd S. Braver, which appeared on pages 10294–10305 of the August 4, 2010 issue. Because the results cannot be considered reliable, The Journal is retracting the paper.
The paper has been cited 36 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
And the other, from Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience:
CABN wishes to announce the retraction of the following article: “Local and global effects of motivation on cognitive control.,” Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 12(4): 692–718, 2012. As is detailed on the Web site of the Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Adam Savine, the first author, has admitted to falsifying data contained in this report. The other authors of the manuscript were cleared of any involvement in this data falsification. Specifically, according to the ORI Web site, Adam Savine admitted that he “falsified data in Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2012 to show an unambiguous dissociation between local and global motivational effects. Specifically, Respondent exaggerated (1) the effect of incentive context on response times and error rates in Table 1 and Figures 1 and 3 for experiment 1 and (2) the effect of incentive cue timing on response times and error rates in Table 2 and in Figures 6, 9, and S2 for experiment 2.” The other authors of this article are now undertaking a complete reanalysis of the raw data collected for this study and will pursue publication of the correct results as warranted.
That paper has yet to be cited.
The ORI found that Savine falsified results in a third paper, in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, which does not appear to be retracted yet.
Hat tip: Rolf Degen