Weekend reads: Stolen identity and peer review; key heart data concealed; psychology’s ‘collective self-deception’

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3 thoughts on “Weekend reads: Stolen identity and peer review; key heart data concealed; psychology’s ‘collective self-deception’”

  1. The Daily Texan story is interesting. The paper says that quotes were invented for ‘at least 30 people across 18 different articles’ from September. Most from UT students and some professors. Seemingly none of these people reacted, and the problem was only identified when the journalist went outside campus. A case of a paper nobody reads?

    1. As an undergraduate and graduate student, I hardly ever read the campus newspaper. As a professor (at four universities) I read it even more rarely. But I did always assume someone was reading it!

  2. “A promising field of research on social behaviour struggled after investigators couldn’t repeat key findings. Now researchers are trying to establish what’s worth saving.”

    And nothing of value was lost.
    It was never a case of “social priming” being real. The actual phenomenon was “research priming”: one group of researchers publishing a junk study based on magical thinking and a semantic / social clang association primed other researchers to do the same.

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