KEY FEATURES: A student-friendly writing style makes the content more approachable for readers to retain. Personal stories from fellows of the Association of Psychological Science (APS) convey to readers that even the most distinguished experts make mistakes that can be avoided through examination. Critical thinking questions give students the opportunity to reflect on preceding essays. Stories from all areas of psychology appeal to learners beyond subfields of psychology.

Of Course Our Program is Error-Free—Not!

Of Course Our Program is Error-Free—Not!

Mary Hegarty

You have spent months reading the literature and designing a study with your advisor. She has finally given you the go-ahead to run the study. You stay up late programming your experiment and schedule several subjects a day for the rest of the week. You are feeling very productive, finally! Then, at the end of the week, you download the data and find that there was an error in your program, and the data you collected are meaningless. Sound familiar?

This is an example of an error that was recently made in my lab. I was the advisor in this situation, and I had worked with a graduate students and an ...

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