Diederik Stapel

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Diederik Stapel (born 19 October 1966 in Oegstgeest) is a former professor of social psychology at Tilburg University and before that at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.[1] In 2011 Tilburg University suspended Stapel, pending further investigation, for fabricating and manipulating data for his research publications. This scientific misconduct lasted for years and affected at least 30 publications.[2]


  • Ik heb de fout gemaakt dat ik de waarheid naar mijn hand heb willen zetten en de wereld net iets mooier wilde maken dan hij is.
    • I made the mistake that I wanted to manipulate the truth and make the world just a little more beautiful than it is.
      • Stapel's own statement in De Volkskrant on 31 October 2011.
  • Als ik slimmer was geweest, had ik regelmatig onderzoek Iaten mislukken. Dat was realistischer, rationeler en sluwer geweest. Maar dat kon ik niet. Ik was een junkie geworden.
    • If I had been smarter then I would have let research fail regularly. That would have been more realistic, more rational and more cunning. But I could not do that. I had become a junkie.
    • From his memoirs: "Ontsporing" (English, "Derailment") Nov. 2012, page 175

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  1. Diederik Stapel succeeds Theo Verhallen as Dean of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Tilburg University (7 July 2010). Retrieved on 17 September 2011.
  2. Bartlett, Tom (3 November 2011). "The Fraud Who Fooled (Almost) Everyone". The Chronicle of Higher Education .