We discovered one of social science's biggest frauds. Here's what we learned.

Earlier this year, we discovered one of social science’s most widely publicized scandals: The data for a celebrated study showing that a face-to-face conversation could radically decrease prejudice toward gays and lesbians seems to have been fabricated.

We didn’t set out to debunk the original study. Quite the opposite, actually. We wanted to replicate and extend it. It was only when we began doing so that we realized the data for the original seemed too good to be true; within days,...

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