July 7th, 2013


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Published online 1 November 2011 | Nature 479, 15 (2011) | doi:10.1038/479015a

Report finds massive fraud at Dutch universities

Investigation claims dozens of social-psychology papers contain faked data.
When colleagues called the work of Dutch psychologist Diederik Stapel too good to be true, they meant it as a compliment. But a preliminary investigative report (go.nature.com/tqmp5c) released on 31 October gives literal meaning to the phrase, detailing years of data manipulation and blatant fabrication by the prominent Tilburg University researcher.
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Nature 404, 19 (2 March 2000) | doi:10.1038/35003661

Reversing Rorschach

Richard Gregory1

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Ink-blot tests might be able to tell us more about creativity than personality.

The Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach (1884–1922) died only a year after the publication of his famous ink-blot test. Making ink blots to elicit weird and wonderful perceptions was a children's game — Klecksographie — that he probably knew well, for he was nicknamed "Klex" as a child.


Disputed results a fresh blow for social psychology

Failure to replicate intelligence-priming effects ignites row in research community.
Alison Abbott

30 April 2013 Clarified: 17 May 2013

Thinking about a professor just before you take an intelligence test makes you perform better than if you think about football hooligans. Or does it? An influential theory that certain behaviour can be modified by unconscious cues is under serious attack.

A paper published in PLoS ONE last week1 reports that nine different experiments failed to replicate this example of ‘intelligence priming’, first described in 1998 (ref. 2) by Ap Dijksterhuis, a social psychologist at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and now included in textbooks.
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Uncertainty shrouds psychologist's resignation

Lawrence Sanna departed University of Michigan amid questions over his work from ‘data detective’ Uri Simonsohn.
Ed Yong

12 July 2012

Uri Shimonsohn, the researcher who flagged up questionable data in studies by social psychologist Dirk Smeesters, has revealed the name of a second social psychologist whose data he believes to be suspiciously perfect.

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Nature News Blog

Psychologists do some soul-searching

08 Nov 2012 | 16:29 BST | Posted by Brian Owens | Category: Lab life

Posted on behalf of Ed Yong.

Psychologists are going through a period of intense self-reflection regarding the reliability of research in their field, fuelled by recently uncovered cases of fraud, failed attempts to replicate classic results, and calls from prominent psychologists to replicate key results in disputed fields.

The latest volley in this debate is a special issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, consisting of 18 papers that outline the scope of the so-called “replicability crisis”, and potential ways of fixing it.
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