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Peers, Procedures, and Panic: A Careless Error That Offered a Lifetime of Benefits

Peers, Procedures, and Panic: A Careless Error That Offered a Lifetime of Benefits

Mitchell J. Prinstein

It was late on a Wednesday evening. The light from my faculty office was the only one shining in an otherwise empty and eerily silent psychology department. I had just completed my postdoctoral fellowship only two years prior, and I had hoped that the solitude on this winter night would allow me to make significant progress on a manuscript recently invited for resubmission.

This paper had been especially frustrating to write. I had written what I hoped was a paradigm-shifting theoretical analysis of prior work on adolescent aggression, and I had data from two empirical studies to support my hypotheses. The paper had been ...

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