Instances of Scientific Misconduct


Marc Hauser

Marc Hauser, a former professor of psychology, organismic and evolutionary biology, and biological anthropology at Harvard University, received roughly eight retractions. He was originally accused of falsifying data when two of his co-authors (a student and a research assistant) decided to reanalyze the data and saw that something was off. He received these counts of misconduct due to the falsification/fabrication of data in the areas of neuroscience, linguistics, and sociology. His work of “Rule learning by cotton-up tamarins” was retracted.


A Rush to Moral Judgment: What went wrong with Marc Hauser’s search for moral foundations (Slate, September 3, 2010)

Back from the Blacklist? (The Scientist, May 8, 2014)

Disgrace: On Marc Hauser: A case of scientific misconduct at Harvard (The Nation, December 21, 2011)

Former Harvard professor Marc Hauser fabricated, manipulated data, US says (Boston, September 5, 2012)

Former Harvard psychology prof Marc Hauser committed misconduct in four NIH grants: ORI (Retraction Watch, September 5, 2012)

For young scientists, a supervisor’s fraud can derail a career (STAT, November 25, 2016)

Fudge Factor: A Look at a Harvard Science Fraud Case (Scientific American, November 1, 2010)

Harvard Finds Scientist Guilty of Misconduct (The New York Times, August 20, 2010)

Harvard Psychology Researcher Committed Fraud, US Investigation Concludes (Science Mag, September 6, 2012)

Harvard report shines light on ex-researcher’s misconduct (The Boston Globe, May 30, 2014)

Marc Hauser corrects a tiny part of the scientific record (Retraction Watch, October 21, 2013)

Marc Hauser “Engaged in Research Misconduct” (Harvard Magazine, September 5, 2012)

Marc Hauser, Former Professor Found Guilty of Academic Misconduct, Publishes First Book Since Resignation (The Crimson, September 27, 2013)

Marc Hauser, monkey business, and the sine waves of science (Wired, August 11, 2010)

“Misrepresentation,” “reckless disregard for basic scientific standards”: Hauser report reveals details of misconduct (Retraction Watch, May 30, 2014)

New Frontiers: Marc Hauser back publishing in scientific literature (Retraction Watch, May 6, 2014)

Responsible Conduct of Research Case Study Series: Marc Hauser (University of New Hampshire, 2015)

Retraction Watch:Archive for the ‘Marc Hauser retractions’ Category (Retraction Watch, May 30, 2014)

Science publishes replication of Marc Hauser study, says results hold up (Retraction Watch, April 25, 2011)

Scientists revisit a monkey study gone wrong (USA Today, September 29, 2012)

ThoughtCast: Marc Hauser on “Moral Minds” (ThoughtCast)