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.

Mistakes Were Made (but not by Me)*

Mistakes Were Made (but not by Me)*

Stephen J. Ceci

I’ve made lots of mistakes, but the one that got me into hot water was when I was new to my career. I lacked the knowledge to mitigate the fallout before it caused enormous damage to my coauthor and myself. In fact, it led to my coauthor being denied tenure, which fortunately was retracted two years later in response to a lawsuit.

It was the fall of 1978, and I was a new assistant professor at the University of North Dakota. One day a senior colleague complained that his work was rejected by journal editors who accepted similar research by researchers at prestigious universities. I did not believe him, ...

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