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Now, prominent social psychologist Diederik Stapel (who earlier this year reported that something as trivial as litter can promote discriminatory behavior) has been outed as one of the biggest frauds in scientific history. Will social psychology be able to recover?
A preliminary investigative report issued on Monday by Tilburg University has concluded that dozens of research papers authored and co-authored by Stapel contain fabricated data.
"We have some 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals where we are actually sure that they are fake, and there are more to come," says Pim Levelt, chair of the committee that investigated Stapel's work. If all of these papers are withdrawn, Stapel's will become one of the worst cases of scientific misconduct in history.
Stapel is the researcher behind a number of eye-catching studies which, prima facie, seem to offer provocative insights into human nature. His research topics range from the effects of beauty product ads on consumer self-esteem, to how urban decay (like littered streets) promote stereotyping and discrimination .
Whether these studies are included in the 30+ papers known to contain fraudulent data remains to be seen. Tilburg University has yet to provide a list of which studies contain fudged results, though Stapel's paper on the tie between urban decay and discrimination, published in April in the journal Science, has already been flagged with an expression of concern by the journal's publishers.
Originally posted by boymonkey74
Well posters have already found it confusing and your title suggests its just a normal Psychologist and the person is a Social Psychologist, so sod the rules because your title is false (wherever you got it from) and if a mentally ill person reads this and make's the mistake people have already and stops taking their Meds cos of this....well thats going to be on you.
Originally posted by boymonkey74
reply to post by satron
Now then just because this guy has faked papers lets not assume everyone else has, while I do agree we are labeling to many things to mental illness (The area I work in) lets not forget that it affects 1 in 3 of us during our life times.
I see a trend of people going on about the Med's and I think Med's do work it's just a lot harder to find the right one's for each patient.
Also a big problem is self medication and people going on the internet to diagnose themselves.
Just because he is a bad apple don't think everyone else is.
The psychiatric professionals I have met are 100% dedicated to getting people better and do a job what most people could not.
Edit just saw the OP headline and then they guy's comments on med's but my post is still right
edit on 2-11-2011 by boymonkey74 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by DoNotForgetMe
The government wants you all medicated and sedated, and for 2 reasons. First, there is money to be made by telling you you're sick or dysfunctional and selling the pills that make it all magically go away, when more than likely you are all taking placebos or happy pills. Second the pills you do take constantly change to NEW and IMPROVED pills because they are all being tweaked to eventually have the same effect: destroy your Will, your ability to think for yourself and stand up for your Rights as a Human. I say You because I am not so easily manipulated, even though I do consume food, beverages and h2o that has been tampered with so maybe one day I also shall lose my Will. Now I'm sad and want a blue one. Or was that a red one?
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