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Unformatted text preview: Nature does not give up its secrets easily. Choose a topic for which you will be willing to spend a great deal of time thinking about and working on. Have confidence in your own judgment (but, note #5 below). Be enthusiastic. Work in a social situation which keeps you working and thinking. Create the social situation which will provide the reinforcers you need if necessary. Simply put: Time is knowledge. Independent variables which produce large effects or consistent effects are easier to measure and easier to separate from random noise and confounds. Choose an optimal subject, apparatus, and procedure to research potential relationships. It is easier to use pigeons than whales as subjects. It is easier to detect a forward head movement which happens to be in front of a key, than to detect the dipping of a wing in free space or the behavior of...
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