Professor Luc Vandenberghe

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At the 1992 world-congress of psychology in Brussels, I confessed to Professor Eysenck that - to my own dissatisfaction - I had repeatedly caught myself refuting criticisms from colleagues without having thought about what they said. I told him that it had happened to me that after presenting some research or delivering a talk, I defended the points I had made against the remarks coming from the audience and only afterwards realised that my critics had been right. I wondered why defending oneself seemed a more important motivation than learning from one's colleagues. Eysenck responded: "What you are saying is that scientists are people". From then on the psychology of scientific thinking and particularly the understanding of psychologist's professional behavior has been one of my favorite research topics.