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.
I can still remember the excitement that was generated by a symposium at the 1986 meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence in Madison, Wisconsin. The panel, which was chaired by Elizabeth Susman, was reporting on the first major study to connect variations in adolescent psychological functioning to variations in levels of different sex hormones.
I was especially interested in this session. This was the first meeting of the Society, and I was the host. My doctoral advisor, John Hill, was the first president of the Society, and he and I had planned the meeting. We made the decision to feature this symposium as the culminating event of the meeting, scheduled to take place right ...