Books et al.Psychology

Undercover in the asylum

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Science  08 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6466, pp. 697
DOI: 10.1126/science.aay9557

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The past decade has not been kind to psychology. Researchers have been unable to replicate some of its best-known experiments, leading many to now speak of a "replication crisis." Of greater concern is the discovery that some of the field's most eye-catching experiments were fraudulent. In a new book, The Great Pretender, journalist Susannah Cahalan reports on her extensive efforts to learn more about another famous experiment that appears to crumble under closer scrutiny: David Rosenhan's 1973 study that claims to have reported on the harrowing experiences of eight volunteers who were admitted to mental hospitals after feigning symptoms of mental illness.

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