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.

Farfel Flees From His Feast

Farfel Flees From His Feast

Bernard Weiner

As a graduate student, I had a humiliating and unforgettable experience that proved invaluable to my development as a research psychologist but closed a valuable research direction. My graduate school mentor was John Atkinson, known for his studies of achievement motivation. He identified some individuals (labeled as high in need for achievement) who prefer to undertake tasks of intermediate difficulty, whereas a contrasting group (labeled low in achievement needs) appeared to favor the selection of very easy tasks (where they would not fail) or very difficult tasks (where they would not be blamed for failure).

My friend, Paul Slovic, was a graduate student in the program of mathematical psychology and, with his insights, ...

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