Former Northwestern psychology prof has paper subjected to an expression of concern

A paper by Ping Dong, a former researcher at Northwestern who left her post less than a year after having a paper retracted from Psychological Science, has been subjected to an expression of concern.

The 2017 paper, in the Journal of Consumer Research, claimed to show that “Witnessing Moral Violations Increases Conformity in Consumption.” It has been cited just twice, according to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Knowledge.

The expression of concern reads:

In 2017, the Journal of Consumer Research published the article “Witnessing Moral Violations Increases Conformity in Consumption,” by Ping Dong and Chen-Bo Zhong: In August 2019, the editors received credible information about problems with data in the article. We alert our readers that, pending the outcome of a full institutional investigation, concerns have been raised about this article.

Zhong, Dong’s co-author, told Retraction Watch that he did not have any additional information.

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