Two more reports of research fraud have surfaced in the subfield of social psychology. You can read about two new suspected cases in this news piece by the journal Nature.
Read the article and think about these questions:
a) Are the cases described here examples of data falisification or data fabrication? (Is this possible to determine from the report?)
b) How did the UPenn researcher, Dr. Uri Simonsohn, use statistical techniques to detect suspicious data?
c) What does this mean for the reputation of social psychology ? Will the public come to mistrust psychological research? What are the costs and benefits to Dr. Simonsohn's investigation of others' data?
This blog has covered an earlier example of research fraud. You can read that entry here.