08/28/2015 12:23 pm ET

Psychology’s Fears Confirmed: Rechecked Studies Don’t Hold Up

Many psychology findings not as strong as claimed, study shows.

The past several years have been bruising ones for the credibility of the social sciences. A star social psychologist was caught fabricating data, leading to more than 50 retracted papers. A top journal published a study supporting the existence of ESP that was widely criticized. The journal Science pulled a political science paper on the effect of gay canvassers on voters’ behavior because of concerns about faked data.

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