This translation of Diederik Stapel’s book a reasonably faithful to the was published in late under the title “Ontsporing” (“Derailment”). Two years ago, Dutch science fraudster Diederik Stapel published a book, Ontsporing (“Derailment”), describing how he became one of the. Two years after the scandal broke, Stapel wrote an autobiography, “Ontsporing”, or “Derailment”. An English translation of this autobiography is.

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Diederik Stapel fabricated data for over 50 peer-reviewed articles, many of which were published in leading journals, including Science.

He has now published Ontsporing Deraileda page autobiography that provides a fascinating tale of the events leading up to and following the discovery of his large-scale academic fraud.

The scene is gripping. In the pages to follow, Stapel gives a first-person account of one dederik the biggest fraud cases in scientific history. If only for that reason, the book is priceless and revealing.

Although the details of how Stapel was caught have been widely publicized, Ontsporing provides the first glimpses of how, dieederik, and where Stapel began. I was alone in my fancy office at University of Groningen. When I saw the new results, the world had returned to being logical.

Stapel minutely describes how these small steps led to the habit of changing data and, later, to the fabrication of complete data sets. In Ontsporing Stapel explains the etiology of his fraud sta;el likening it to addiction, although he admits that it is probably a combination of different factors, including: I preferred to do it at home, late in the evening, when everyone was asleep.

I made myself some tea, put my computer on the table, took my notes from my bag, and used my fountain pen to write down a ontspkring list of research projects and effects I had to produce.


Diederik Stapel – Wikiquote

When I was finished, I would do the first analyses. Often, these would not immediately produce the right results. Back to the matrix and alter data. Just as long until all analyses worked out as planned.

To any crime there is not just syapel and motive, but also opportunity. This made it just too hard for him to resist temptation:. Nobody ever checked my work. No mother, no lock, not even a lid. All I had to do was take it. In his descriptions of methodological practice in psychology, Stapel appears to underscore the conclusions from the Levelt committee that investigated the fraud case: It was not just Stapel who failed, but the scientific community as a whole www.

And indeed, on a systemic level, the book provides cause for reflection.

Diederik Stapel

To what extent do the current academic incentives encourage researchers to make their findings look better than they are? Ontsporing is a captivating book, even as it is transparently self-serving. Stapel describes how his entire family suffers diedderik being ostracized and harassed by the media incidentally he forgets to mention that, prior to his fall, he made regular TV appearances and was one of the most well-known psychologists in The Netherlands.

The last chapter — an unexpectedly beautiful, poetic description of Stapel waking up next to his wife — feeds the idea that the narrator may not be entirely trustworthy: It is composed of sentences that Stapel copies from the fiction writers Raymond Carver and James Joyce but presents them without quotes and only acknowledges the sources separately in the diedderik p. This odd path to attribution is telling; the reader cannot help but wonder whether there may be yet another literary layer of deceit under the apparently candid book.


The book has been interpreted in terms of a narcissistic personality craving for attention or partial rehabilitation. Financially destitute, perhaps Stapel simply wanted to make a quick buck. Many people have moral reservations about fraudsters making money by writing books that detail their methods of deception, and almost immediately after publication the book was available as a free download.

Derailed: The Rise and Fall of Diederik Stapel – Association for Psychological Science

I wonder if this will ever be translated into English? Now, that he has been uncovered, he probably faces some kind of deserved self-redemption. Now the English version is available for free download for your e Reader, in the epub and mobi Kindle format, https: Your email address will not be published.

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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. The Rise and Fall of Diederik Stapel Diederik Stapel fabricated data for over 50 peer-reviewed articles, many of diedefik were published in leading journals, including Science. This made it just too hard for him to resist temptation: Dima Pasechnik January 2, Neuroskeptic January 10, Rolf Degen December 19, Leave a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.