Last month, we reported on the upcoming publication of a new book by Marc Hauser, the former Harvard psychologist found guilty of misconduct by the Office of Research Integrity. The main thrust of our post was questioning why two leading science writers would blurb the new book, Evilicious, but we also pointed out that Hauser hadn’t even bothered to note in his list of publications that one of his papers had been retracted. That seemed consistent with his neither admitting nor denying misconduct, as is reported by the Office of Research Integrity in their findings.
A few days after our post ran, Hauser tweeted:
some have rightly pointed out that i didn’t flag the one paper i have retracted. that has been corrected at http://mdhauser.blog.com
When we saw that tweet last week and went to Hauser’s site to check, it seemed that the paper was still listed, without any notation. So we asked on Twitter whether he was sure he’d made a change. He said he was:
@ivanoranskyit is flagged as such (in red and with the word RETRACTED). refresh your browser
When we checked again, it certainly was marked as Hauser said:
33. Hauser, M.D., Weiss, D. & Marcus, G. (2002). Rule learning by cotton-top tamarins. Cognition, 86: B15-B22. RETRACTED
So, a step forward. But Hauser couldn’t leave it there. He had to add the “but I was right!” protestation we see too often with those forced to retract papers for misconduct:
@md_hauser might also see replications by murphy et al 2010, Science; Neiworth, 2013, Behav Proc
Perhaps it was appropriate that the way he wrote his tweet, he was talking to himself.