Harvard Academic on Leave in Investigation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 10 (UPI) — A renowned Harvard psychologist says he is taking a one-year leave of absence following allegations of scientific misconduct in his laboratory.

Marc Hauser, a popular professor and communicator of science often featured on television and in newspapers, is a researcher who focuses on the evolutionary roots of the human mind, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday.


In a letter to colleagues, Hauser said his lab had been under investigation by an internal Harvard committee that found evidence of misconduct.

He mentioned unspecified mistakes and oversights he had made, but did not supply specifics, the Globe reported.

The findings have led to the retraction of an influential study led by Hauser published in 2002 in the journal Cognition.

Hauser “accepts responsibility for the error,” says the journal about the retraction of the study on whether monkeys learn rules.

Two more journals that published papers on which Hauser is listed as one of the main authors say they have been notified of concerns about the articles.

A Harvard spokesman declined to comment on Hauser’s case, saying, “Reviews of faculty conduct are considered confidential.”

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