Initially reported in a 1964 New York Times article, the story sensationalized the case and reported a number of factual inaccuracies. An article in the September 2007 issue of American Psychologist concluded that the story is largely misrepresented mostly due to the inaccuracies repeatedly published in newspaper articles and psychology textbooks.
Advice to anyone writing about science, including in metafilter posts:
A scientific experiment never 'shows' anything. It indicates, or gives evidence in favour of a claim- and even that usually requires definite interpretation of results.
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