Research

The Unraveling of Michael LaCour

Christopher Sowers

A UCLA grad student, Michael LaCour produced a monumental study about political persuasion. Now he stands accused of fabricating the data.
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By his own account, Michael J. LaCour has told big lies. He claimed to have received $793,000 in research grants. In fact, he admits now, there were no grants.

The researchers who attempted to replicate his widely lauded Science paper on persuasion...

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