Friday, November 18, 2011

Fraud Scandal Fuels Debate Over Practices of Psychology

The discovery that the Dutch researcher Diederik A. Stapel made up the data for dozens of research papers has shaken up the field of social psychology, fueling a discussion not just about outright fraud, but also about subtler ways of misusing research data. Such misuse can happen even unintentionally, as researchers try to make a splash with their peers—and a splash, maybe, with the news media, too...Even before the Stapel case broke, a flurry of articles had begun appearing this fall that pointed to supposed systemic flaws in the way psychologists handle data...Bad things happen when researchers feel under pressure, [Wagenmakers] adds—and it doesn't have to be Stapel-bad: "There's a slippery slope between making up your data and torturing your data." more

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