As a lecturer in social psychology at Manchester in the late 1940s, I was enthused by an American visitor describing the new wave of experiments conducted there. After replicating a couple of these with at least partial success I tried to do so again when I went to West Africa, where it resulted in total failure. That was the beginning of my disillusionment, though I did take part in the creation of the European Society and sought to make it a broader church. But in my research I turned towards, in part, socially oriented cross-cultural and developmental psychology. When presenting a paper to a social psychology conference one of the commentators accused me of not doing science. My reply was tant pis , which he probably thought was a swearword.