The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of "writer's block"
The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of "writer's block" is a humorous academic article by psychologist Dennis Upper about writer's block. It contains no content outside title and journal formatting elements, including a humorous footnote. Published in 1974 in a peer reviewed journal, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, it is recognized as the shortest academic article ever and a classic example of humour in science, or at the very least among behavioral psychologists. It has been cited at least 60 times.
The article received a humorous positive review which was published alongside the article.
|“||I have studied this manuscript very carefully with lemon juice and X-rays and have not detected a single flaw in either design or writing style. I suggest it be published without revision. Clearly it is the most concise manuscript I have ever seen-yet it contains sufficient detail to allow other investigators to replicate Dr. Upper's failure. In comparison with the other manuscripts I get from you containing all that complicated detail, this one was a pleasure to examine. Surely we can find a place for this paper in the Journal-perhaps on the edge of a blank page.||”|
More seriously, the paper is said to be a case reinforcing the image of a writer's block as a "blank page", and encouraging brevity in writing. It has been also used as an example that humor can indeed be found in academic publishing.
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- Didden, Robert; Sigafoos, Jeff; O'Reilly, Mark F; Lancioni, Giulio E; Sturmey, Peter; LeBlanc, Linda (2007). "A Multisite Cross-Cultural Replication of Upper's (1974) Unsuccessful Self-Treatment of Writer's Block". Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 40 (4): 773–773. doi:10.1901/jaba.2007.773. PMC .
- HERMANN, BRUCE P. (2016). "UNSUCCESSFUL SELF-TREATMENT OF A CASE OF 'WRITER'S BLOCK': A PARTIAL FAILURE TO REPLICATE". Perceptual and Motor Skills. 58 (2): 350–350. doi:10.2466/pms.1918.104.22.1680.
- Mclean, Derrick C.; Thomas, Benjamin R. (2014). "UNSUCCESSFUL TREATMENTS OF "WRITER'S BLOCK": A META-ANALYSIS". Psychological Reports. 115 (1): 276–278. doi:10.2466/28.PR0.115c12z0.
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- SKINNER, NICHOLAS F.; PERLINI, ARTHUR H.; FRIC, LAWRENCE; WERSTINE, E. PAUL; CALLA, JAMES (2016). "THE UNSUCCESSFUL GROUP-TREATMENT OF "WRITER'S BLOCK"". Perceptual and Motor Skills. 61 (1): 298–298. doi:10.2466/pms.19126.96.36.1998.
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- Upper, Dennis (Fall 1974), "The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of "writer's block"", Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 7 (3): 497, doi:10.1901/jaba.1974.7-497a, ISSN 0021-8855, PMC , PMID 16795475
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