Who hasn't heard of the MMPI test? Used to assess the "emotional stability of millions of people," according to the Star Tribune, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory test is now in the crosshairs of still another conflict of interest issue involving the University of Minnesota.
In an article for which I can't offer a link because the Star Tribune published it as one of its "only in Sunday's paper" articles, Maura Lerner reports:
"The 70-year-old test has undergone a dramatic makover recently, sparking a bitter feud among its leading scholars. The debate, which started in professional journals, has boiled over into courtrooms and triggered at least two internal investigations at the university.
...But critics say the changes...damaged the tests's credibility and backfired on some patients. ...
University investigators found nothing inappropriate about the MMPI changes. But they did fault the University of Minnesota Press for relying on an advisory board that consisted entirely of two scientists...who co-wrote the new test and stand to profit from its sales."
The well-detailed, enterprise story suggests a murky mess over the MMPI in psychology and in the University of Minnesota - where murky messes seem to be increasingly common these days. Buy the paper and read for yourself.