Another scandal in the world of social psychology over the past week as it turns out that the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has published an article written by social psychologists, including people at Facebook and other places, that appears to have no IRB approval and which made hundred of thousands of people significantly sadder (or happier) than they might have been if the study hadn’t been conducted.

….and one the most respected members in the field of social psychology edited and accepted the paper.

The best analysis I’ve found of the incident is here:


PNAS publishes Facebook study with no IRB