When Simon Wessely shoved a Hans Eysenck scandal under the rug

The tobacco industry needed some ‘expert opinion’ to show that cancer was all in the mind – so they bought a psychologist. The insurance industry needed some ‘expert opinion’ to show that M.E. is all in the mind – guess what they did…

And as Ioannidis, (2005) stated in Plos Medicine, “Empirical evidence on expert opinion shows that it is extremely unreliable”.
Ioannidis, J. P. A. 2005. Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. PLoS Medicine, 2(8), e124. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124

Quick Thoughts

  • There will soon be a renewed call for an investigation of misconduct by Hans Eysenck.
  •  What happened the last time reflects on the ability of UK academia to self-correct atrociously bad science and bad publication practices.
  •  As we are currently seeing, UK academia looks after its own, no matter what.

swept-rug-BruceKrasting-flickr-370x242The centenary of the birth of UK psychologist Hans Eysenck in March will be celebrated with a special commemorative issue of Personality and Individual Differences, one of the journals that he started and edited. I assume many of the articles will praise Eysenck’s accomplishments as the founder of British clinical psychology, his key contribution to establishing cognitive behavior therapy in the UK, and his overall status as one of the most cited psychologists of all time.

If that’s the case, one contribution by UK psychiatrist Anthony Pelosi will stand out like a tuba joining a string ensemble. Stay…

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