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Fraud-Detection Tool Could Shake Up Psychology

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Science  06 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6090, pp. 21-22
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6090.21

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The most startling thing about the latest scandal to hit social psychology isn't the alleged violation of scientific ethics itself, scientists say, or the fact that it happened in the Netherlands, the home of fallen research star and serial fraudster Diederik Stapel, whose case shook the field to its core less than a year ago. Instead, what fascinates them most is how the new case, which led to the resignation of psychologist Dirk Smeesters of Erasmus University, Rotterdam and the requested retraction of two of his papers by his school, came to light: through an unpublished statistical method to detect data fraud.

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