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Investigation Leaves Field in the Dark About a Colleague's Work

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Science  20 Aug 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5994, pp. 890-891
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5994.890-b

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The Boston Globe reported last week that Harvard University cognitive scientist Marc Hauser was on leave following a misconduct investigation. Hauser is a popular teacher, successful author, and leading researcher on animal cognition. So far, one paper co-authored by Hauser—a 2002 report in Cognition—has been retracted as a result of the investigation, and concerns have been raised about several others, including one published in Science. Hauser is the only author common to all of them. But exactly what went wrong with Hauser's research is still not clear.