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.

Start Strong, Plan Ahead

Nora S. Newcombe

My biggest research mistake was my dissertation. It didn’t give me a firm platform for launching a research program, and as I took up teaching and committee responsibilities and faced an initial tenure evaluation in five years, I spent a lot of time in panic and confusion. I’ll tell the story in the hope that it provides some guidance for early career researchers, even though it was long ago and far away, in a world with very different norms and customs. Maybe those practices will be interesting, too, in an historical vein.

My first three years in graduate school went well. Entering the fourth year, I already had one publication, which concerned whether ...

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