Weekend reads: “Weaponized transparency;” fighting academic spam with humor; NIH cracks down

Before we present this week’s Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, would you consider a tax-deductible donation of $25, or a recurring donation of an amount of your choosing, to support it? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured a major case of misconduct at The Ohio State University, … Continue reading Weekend reads: “Weaponized transparency;” fighting academic spam with humor; NIH cracks down

After losing two video game-violence papers, co-author’s weapons paper is flagged

Can seeing a weapon increase aggressive thoughts and behaviors? A meta-analysis on the so-called “weapons effect” has been flagged with an expression of concern by a SAGE journal, after the researchers discovered errors affecting at least one of the main conclusions. The paper found that the presence of weapons increased people’s aggressiveness, but not feelings … Continue reading After losing two video game-violence papers, co-author’s weapons paper is flagged

Co-author of now-retracted paper about video games apparently demoted to “lecturer” by uni

A researcher who co-authored a paper about violent video games that was retracted earlier this year appears to have changed positions, according to her website. After her PhD was revoked by The Ohio State in August, Jodi Whitaker’s listed position at the University of Arizona changed from “assistant professor” to “lecturer.” The page also has … Continue reading Co-author of now-retracted paper about video games apparently demoted to “lecturer” by uni

Updated: Ohio State revokes PhD of co-author of now-retracted paper on shooter video games

[This post, which at 1200 UTC 8/25/17 originally reported on the then-upcoming vote, has been updated at 1800 UTC 8/25/17 to include the results of the vote.] A researcher who co-authored a paper about video games that was retracted earlier this year has had her PhD from The Ohio State University revoked. As WOSU reported … Continue reading Updated: Ohio State revokes PhD of co-author of now-retracted paper on shooter video games

Group whose findings support video game-violence link loses another paper

Last July, Joseph Hilgard, a postdoctoral fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, saw an article in Gifted Child Quarterly that made him do a double take. Hilgard, who is studying the effects of violent media on aggressive behavior, said the results of the 2016 paper “caused me some alarm.” The … Continue reading Group whose findings support video game-violence link loses another paper

“Boom, headshot!” Disputed video game paper retracted

After a years-long dispute over a 2012 paper which suggested there might be some effects of first-person shooter video games on players, the journal has retracted the paper. The stated reason in the notice: Some outside researchers spotted irregularities in the data, and contacted the corresponding author’s institution, Ohio State University, in 2015. Since the original … Continue reading “Boom, headshot!” Disputed video game paper retracted

Dispute over shooter video games may kill recent paper

Can playing first-person shooter video games train players to become better marksmen? A 2012 paper — titled “Boom, Headshot!” — presented evidence to suggest that was, in fact, true. But after enduring heavy fire from critics (one of whom has long argued video games have little lasting impact on users), the authors are planning to … Continue reading Dispute over shooter video games may kill recent paper