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.

Pilot, Pilot, Pilot

Pilot, Pilot, Pilot

Rebecca Treiman

A pilot study, students of psychology will have learned, is a preliminary study conducted before embarking on a full-scale research project. Pilot studies are useful for several reasons, one of which is that they can help researchers improve the design of a study before running a full version. One of my research mistakes was not doing a pilot before a large longitudinal study.

My colleagues and I have been in interested in how children learn to spell (e.g., Treiman, 1993; Treiman & Kessler, 2014). Particularly interesting is a phase of development that children may go through when they are around 4 or 5 years old. During this period, children will try to write words when ...

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