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How can we end the scandals in science if we misrepresent their cause?

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Dutch social scientist Stapel had forged a very successful career out of telling top people what they wanted to hear. Some sense of this can be gleaned from a curious misstatement in Christopher Shea’s assessment in Chronicle of Higher Education:Psychology, [one methodological expert] argued in a recent blog post and an interview, has become addicted to surprising, counterintuitive findings that catch the news media’s eye, and that trend is warping the field.

“If high-impact journals want this kind of surprising finding, then there is pressure on researchers to come up with this stuff,”

Shea’s explanation is not remotely correct. As the very example he offers, “Power Increases Infidelity Among Men and Women,” demonstrates, the exact opposite is true: Stapel’s findings told opinion leaders precisely what they expected and wanted to hear.

How about this (from The New York Times): …


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