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Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process

Archive for the ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’ Category

Paper on “better-than-average effect” retracted for being, well, worse than average

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pers soc psych bullPerhaps what Garrison Keillor says about people is also true of scientific papers:

Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.

There’s been another retraction in social psychology, but before you lump it together with the field’s problem children — read: Diederik Stapel — it seems to be an example of researchers coming forward about an honest error.

Here’s the notice for “The Motivated Self: Self-Affirmation and the Better-Than-Average Effect,” originally published last year in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin: Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Ivan Oransky

August 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

“When we wonder what it all means”: Stapel retraction count rises to 49

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stapel_npcDiederik Stapel is up to 49 retractions.

Here are the latest three, from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Ivan Oransky

February 7, 2013 at 9:30 am

A fistful of Stapels: Psych journal retracts five more from Dutch researcher, upping total to 25

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Diederik Stapel’s CV continues to crumble, with five more retractions for the disgraced Dutch social scientist who admitted to fabricating data in his studies.

The latest articles to fall appeared in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a Sage title, bringing Stapel’s total to 25 that we’re aware of so far: Read the rest of this entry »


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