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Dutch Social Psychologist Found to Have Faked Data [Faker Had Even Case Studied Another Faker] ^ | 12:27AM GMT 04 Nov 2011 | Telegraph

Posted on 11/03/2011 10:37:09 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay

A prominent Dutch social psychologist who once claimed to have shown that the very act of thinking about eating meat makes people behave more selfishly has been found to have faked data throughout much of his career.

In one of the worst cases of scientific fraud on record in the Netherlands, a review committee made up of some of the country's top scientists has found that University of Tilburg Prof. Diederik Stapel systematically falsified data to achieve the results he wanted.

The university has fired the 45-year-old professor and plans to file fraud charges against him, university spokesman Walther Verhoeven said Thursday.

Prof Stapel acknowledged in a statement the accusations were largely true.

"I have manipulated study data and fabricated investigations," he wrote in an open letter published by De Volkskrant newspaper this week. "I realise that via this behaviour I have left my direct colleagues stunned and angry and put my field, social psychology, in a poor light."

Prof Stapel said he was ashamed and offered his apologies.

The committee set up to investigate Prof Stapel said after its preliminary investigation it had found "several dozen publications in which use was made of fictitious data" in the period since 2004, though Prof Stapel's career goes back to the early 1990s.

This year, Prof Stapel co-authored a paper published in Science magazine that said white people are more prone to discriminate against black people when they encounter them in a messy environment, such as one containing litter, abandoned bicycles and broken sidewalks. More

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I browsed the many "scientific" studies and reports by Professor Diederik Stapel authored with fellow colleagues and found one very interesting study in particular [1999]; whereas, Stapel researched a case of "fraud" by a prominent Dutch professor of clinical psy-chology, of international fame, accused of "plagiarism". "Plagiarism" of texts in his popular, best-selling book from another author's book, was word for word. More fraud was revealed in other reports published. The fraud perpetrated by this [study subject] Dutch psychology professor/author on 15 August 1996 was said to have sent shock waves through the Psychology Community in the Netherlands. The "Plagiarism" Case was reported to have received intense media attention and many wondered to what extent the affair would hurt the credibility of science in general; as well as the image of psychology, in particular.

These plagiarism affair[s] at the least, were said to have temporarily damaged the image of the university involved. The people affiliated to this university asked Stapel and colleague "not to be too explicit [name] about the person and institution involved in the scandal in their study".

In his summation, ironically Stapel had written "his findings were all the more intriguing because they seem to suggest that certain manipulations may make expert investigators of social influence(i.e. social psychologist) victims of the phenomena they investigate".

"Framed and misfortuned: identity salience and the whi of scandal"[HTML]appeared in the European Journal of Social Psychology and was supported by grant 575-70-074 from the Dutch Science Foundation.

1 posted on 11/03/2011 10:37:12 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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Social psychology is agenda driven....they know what results they want to reach and perpetuate for mass they devise the studies in ways to skew the results. If they don’t get the right results, they throw it out.

All paradigms of the scientists are reinforced (and most in psychology are Marxist/socialist/atheists, so I would be very suspect of their findings. Psychology was honest prior to the 30’s. After that the socialist elites started with their “shaping” of perceptions.....Pavlovian and Skinner techniques put into school curricula, media, etc. starting in the 30’s.

That being said....there are some ethical psychologists—but they are few. Most books they have used for classes are filled with skewed studies, so wrong conclusions.

It is like all the students in MBA programs being taught that John Maynard Keyne’s economic system (the sodomist) is an example of the BEST system.

2 posted on 11/03/2011 11:18:36 PM PDT by savagesusie
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This type of misbehavior is the logical consequence of agenda-driven ‘science’ without any moral underpinnings, i.e. secular-progressive pseudoscience.

3 posted on 11/04/2011 12:46:23 AM PDT by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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