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The Danger of Superficial Success

The Danger of Superficial Success

James C. Kaufman

When I was asked to write about my biggest research mistake, my first thought was to consider some type of methods or statistical error. Indeed, I have many to draw from—but what I ultimately settled on was something entirely different. My biggest research mistake was pursuing a line of inquiry early in my career because it was superficially rewarding and easy, regardless of its purpose.

In graduate school, I became intrigued with the historiometric technique pioneered by Simonton (2009), in which you comb through biographies or other existing data as a way of studying eminent creators. As an aspiring creative writer, I began entering all sorts of information about eminent writers ...

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