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Psychology 1011

How to Write a Research Report

Psychological Report
The purpose of an experimental report is to communicate, briefly but precisely, the theoretical and empirical bases for a particular hypothesis, the way the hypothesis has been tested, and the results of the test.

Report Resources
Available on BlackBoard: - Marking criteria - e .g. of good/bad reports - APA referencing guide - Manual - Toolkit www.lc.unsw.edu.au

Structure – The Hourglass Model
TITLE ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION METHOD RESULTS DISCUSSION REFERENCES APPENDICIES

INTRODUCTION

METHOD RESULTS

DISCUSSION

Your Half-Research Report;
TITLE ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION METHOD RESULTS DISCUSSION REFERENCES APPENDICIES 5

Title
• Summarises main point of report • Identifies main issues/variables

e.g.
BAD: Global Warming is coming! GOOD: Relative contributions of greenhouse gas emissions to global warming.

In WEEK 4...

What did you do?

Our Experiment
In Week 4 tutorial… Writing Task

SultanaTask

Intentional Blindness Task

Our Experiment
Each tutorial did ONE of the following conditions: • Writing Task •

Depletion condition:
– In this first task you are going to need to write for 10 minutes. Describe the layout of the UNSW campus as you see it in your mind, and how you would describe it to someone whose never been here before. Please write a through and detailed essay. You should address all of the following points: • In your essay – Describe what the various buildings look like on campus. – Explain the purpose of the buildings, or what departments the buildings house. – Explain the spatial relation of the buildings to each other (e.g., the library is next to the Mathews Building). – Describe the landscape architecture on campus (e.g., trees, flowers, etc.) – Give a “virtual tour” of campus to someone who has never been here (e.g., how would they get around on campus, what would they see, where would they go, etc.) Please write for the entire 10 minutes. However, in this task we would like you write WITHOUT using any words containing the letters 'A' or 'N'. (e.g. you can't use the following words: 'theN', 'And', 'AeroplANe')

Our Experiment
Each tutorial did ONE of the following conditions: • Writing Task • No depletion condition:
– In this first task you are going to need to write for 10 minutes. Describe the layout of the UNSW campus as you see it in your mind, and how you would describe it to someone whose never been here before. Please write a through and detailed essay. You should address all of the following points: • In your essay – Describe what the various buildings look like on campus. – Explain the purpose of the buildings, or what departments the buildings house. – Explain the spatial relation of the buildings to each other (e.g., the library is next to the Mathews Building). – Describe the landscape architecture on campus (e.g., trees, flowers, etc.) – Give a “virtual tour” of campus to someone who has never been here (e.g., how would they get around on campus, what would they see, where would they go, etc.) Please write for the entire 10 minutes.

Our Experiment
Each tutorial did ONE of the following conditions:

• Sultana Task
– Mindfulness
• The first task that we will have you do today is called a mindfulness exercise, one that is designed to help you become deeply aware of the present instant. Mindfulness means fully experiencing what happens in the here and now; in other words, it means focusing our minds on what is happening in and around us at this very moment. It is a technique that encourages you to stop and smell the roses. To facilitate this state of mindfulness, we are going to have you focus on eating a raisin, but to do so in a way that is different from normal. Here is a sultana. I will talk you through it the first time .......

– Mindfulness Control
• This was a recording of scientific information about raisins modified from...
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