Two Articles out of Washington U. Are Retracted after Research Fraud

By Bernhard, Blythe | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), July 4, 2013 | Go to article overview
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Two Articles out of Washington U. Are Retracted after Research Fraud


Bernhard, Blythe, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Two psychology articles by Washington University researchers have been retracted after a former doctoral student admitted to faking data to create better results.

Adam Savine received voluntary probation for three years for falsifying data in three studies published between 2010 and 2012, according to a settlement agreement from March with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Research Integrity.

The Journal of Neuroscience retracted a paper from an August 2010 issue by Savine and psychology professor Todd Braver, Savine's mentor when he was at the school. The article about human motivation contained significant misrepresentations and "cannot be considered reliable," according to the Journal's announcement.

A similar article that appeared in Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience journal in 2012 was also retracted. The co- authors including Braver were not involved in falsifying data. According to the journal, Braver and colleagues are reviewing the data collected for the study to correct any errors for future publication.

The third article mentioned in the investigation has not been retracted.

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