In a staff editorial, The Globe calls on Harvard to offer more information about the scientific misdeeds of one of its star psychology researchers. For more on the case and other local news on scientific misconduct, click here for Nature Network Boston post.
THERE’S CLEARLY something wrong with some of Harvard psychology professor Marc Hauser’s research, including an influential but now retracted 2002 paper on whether monkeys can learn rules and patterns. But neither the scholar nor the university is explaining the flaws in his work in any detail. This oblique approach might help Hauser and Harvard save face in the short term, but it avoids the duty that both have to the cause of open scientific inquiry.