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Media and aggression research retracted after scrutiny

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Science  19 Feb 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6531, pp. 767
DOI: 10.1126/science.371.6531.767

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  • RE: Connecting Violent Entertainment and Aggression

    Regardless of personal views and entrenched opinions, any controversial connection between violent entertainment and aggression must be based on verifiable empirical facts and state of the art statistical techniques.

    If the data seem too good to be true, such as to be raising doubts about their veracity, then that will almost certainly be the case.

    There is no role in science for "alternative facts".

    It is hard to believe that the first few published papers could have negotiated their way through the review process, especially based on virtually identical empirical results, which might reflect self plagiarism.

    The PhD student at VCU has done the discipline, and science more generally, a great service by drawing attention to highly questionable data that have led to publications in several leading journals in psychology.

    Conducting a meta analysis with the questionable papers included and excluded should be sufficient to determine that they are outliers. and hence should be excluded and brought to the attention of the journals in which they were published.

    All data that are used in empirical research should be made available on a freely accessible website, as is the case in a number of disciplines in the social sciences and business.

    This is particularly important in an age when controversial opinions and confronting images are displayed regularly on social media, inciting calls for aggressive action by unrestrained...

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