Editorial Expression of Concern

Science  01 Nov 2011:

DOI: 10.1126/science.1216027


The Report “Coping with chaos: How disordered contexts promote stereotyping and discrimination” by D. A. Stapel and S. Lindenberg [Science 332, 251 (2011)] reported the effects of the physical environment on human stereotyping and discriminatory behavior. On 31 October 2011, Tilburg University held a press conference to announce interim findings of its investigation into possible data fraud in the body of work published by Stapel. The official report in Dutch (translated into English using Google software) indicates that the extent of the fraud by Stapel is substantial. Pending further details of the Tilburg Committee’s findings, Science is publishing this Editorial Expression of Concern to alert our readers that serious concerns have been raised about the validity of the findings in this Report.