A research paper published by SAGE Journals was retracted this week after mutiple independent researchers pointed out significant procedural flaws and “data discrepancies.”

The study was titled “The Priming Effect of Violent Game Play on Aggression Among Adolescents” and was authored in 2018 by Qian Zhang, Dorothy L. Espelage, and Da-Jun Zhang.

The Chinese contributors to the study are academics at state-run universities in China, while Espelage is a Professor of Education at the University of Northern Carolina who focuses on “cyberbullying” and sexual bullying.



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