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Gay Marriage Study With Falsified Results Didn't Get Funding

By    |   Sunday, 24 May 2015 10:55 PM

A study looking at how attitudes on same-sex marriage change based on contact with openly gay people not only falsified results, but also didn't get any funding, either, The New Yorker reports.
 
One of the study's authors, Columbia University Professor Daniel Green, has retracted the study in light of missing data from University of California Los Angeles Ph.D. student Michael LaCour, the study's co-author.

LaCour maintains he lost the data, but Green and others believe the data was never collected.

The research was published in December in the journal Science.

But according to The New Yorker, LaCour never obtained any of the grants he had claimed. It was that very claim of a large amount of grant money was what had initially calmed Green's concerns with the seemingly large number of participants in the study. The money, Green reasoned, accounted for the high participation rate.

But during his investigation of the missing data, Green also discovered there had never been any grant money.

"He didn’t have any grants coming to him. He had a small one that he didn’t accept," Green said.

New Yorker contributor Maria Konnikov blamed the acceptance of LaCour's claims partly on "the nature of belief.

"As I’ve written before, we are far quicker to believe things that mesh with our view of how life should be," Konnikov writes. "Green is a firm supporter of gay marriage, and that may have made him especially pleased about the study.

That might even have had a similar effect on liberally minded reviewers at Science, she suggested.

"We know that studies confirming liberal thinking sometimes get a pass where ones challenging those ideas might get killed in review," Konnikov says. "[T]he same effect may have made journalists more excited about covering the results."

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