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Lessons Learned From a Life in Science

As a college student, APS Past President Michael Gazzaniga wrote a letter to neuropsychologist Roger Sperry asking about summer job possibilities. That small step not only landed Gazzaniga a fellowship in Sperry's lab but also seeded his groundbreaking research on the split-brain effect. In his APS William James Fellow Award Address, he advises young scientists to "just write the letter" when they want to jumpstart a career in science. ... More>

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Rotten Reviews

An editor once described a manuscript by Past APS Board Member Stephen J. Ceci as “developmental juvenilia.” A reviewer once told APS Past President Morton Ann Gernsbacher that publishing her submission would be “dangerous.” These and other leading scientists in psychology share their weirdest and harshest rejections from journal editors and job recruiters, showing that even the field’s leading figures aren’t immune to brutal critiques. ... More>

Student Notebook

The Science of Scientific Writing

If the reader is to grasp what the writer means, the writer must understand what the reader needs.” -Gopen and Swan (1990), The Science of Scientific Writing Graduate school is […] More>

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Early-Career ‘Memories’

Newly minted PhD Steven Frenda reflects on the uncertainty that many researchers face immediately following graduate school. ... More>

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