As we’re fond of repeating, sunlight is the best disinfectant. Which doesn’t jibe with the findings in an eye-catching 2018 paper that found people were less fearful of catching a contagious illness if they were in a dark room or were wearing sunglasses. Fortunately for us, although not for the researchers, we no longer have … Continue reading Psychology journal to retract study claiming that people fear contagion less in the dark
If you read this space, you probably know the name Brad Bushman. He studies the effects of violent video games on the people who play them. He also has just retracted his third paper, and significantly corrected another. Although Bushman remains a prominent voice in a highly contentious field — prompting numerous media to consult … Continue reading Prominent video game-violence researcher loses another paper to retraction
The authors of a 2018 paper on how noisy distractions disrupt memory are retracting the article after finding a flaw in their study. The paper, “Unexpected events disrupt visuomotor working memory and increase guessing,” appeared in Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, a publication of the Psychonomic Society. (For those keeping score at home, psychonomics is the … Continue reading Distraction paper pulled for clerical error
Even when a paper is obviously flawed, it can take years for journals to take action. Some never do. But it doesn’t have to be that way. On April 27, a reader emailed the editors of two journals, noting that each had recently published a paper by the same group of authors that appeared strikingly … Continue reading Hey journals, it is possible to quickly correct the record
Title: Shifts in the Enjoyment of Healthy and Unhealthy Behaviors Affect Short- and Long-Term Postbariatric Weight Loss What Caught Our Attention: Cornell food marketing researcher Brian Wansink, the one-time media darling who has been dogged by mounting criticism of his findings, has lost another paper to retraction. As we’ve noted in the past, corrections for … Continue reading Caught Our Notice: Retraction eight as errors in Wansink paper are “too voluminous” for a correction
Title: Adherence to Adjuvant Neuropathic Pain Medications in a Palliative Care Clinic What Caught Our Attention: We’ve found a fourth retraction for the unlicensed use of a common research tool, an issue we explored in depth for Science last year. Quick recap: When researchers use a copyrighted questionnaire (MMAS-8) without permission, they get a call … Continue reading Caught Our Notice: Should publicly funded research tools be free for researchers to use?
Title: Does repetition help? Impact of destination promotion videos on perceived destination image and intention-to-visit change What Caught Our Attention: At times we get to just appreciate the moment: A paper focused on repetition — specifically, linking repeated exposure to travel videos and actual visits to the location — got retracted for duplication. The notice […]
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A think tank has re-issued a report on child welfare in the U.S., six months after it pulled the document amidst criticism from dozens of researchers. The report offered policy recommendations for improving the child welfare system, based on numerical modeling conducted by researchers at the RAND Corporation. RAND pulled the initial version of the […]
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