Diederik Stapel – eminent “pop star” psychologist and blatant fraudster  

Overview Stapel was a controversial Dutch psychology professor, very well-known because of his frequent media presence. He produced many eye catching social psychology papers that attracted media attention. One of his many headline-making papers purported to show that an untidy environment increased people’s racist tendencies. From 2006 onwards he was based at Tilburg University where…

Dr Geoff: Behind the Headlines

In this rolling section, I have written short comments upon some reports of “new research findings” that have appeared in the health or science pages of the media. I am often critical of the way research reports are portrayed in the media as they tend to be over hyped. My commentaries are not researched or…

Fruits and vegetables: should it be 5,7, or even 10-a-day?

Background Generations of parents have encouraged their children to eat their vegetables. There is an almost intuitive assumption that plenty of vegetables and fruit is an important part a healthy diet. In the 1956 Four Food Group Plan, the cornerstone of dietary guidance in the USA for almost forty years, the target was at least…