Lab Report

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 138
  • Published : January 24, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
PSY173 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods 2012 T1 Laboratory Report Topics
DUE: 11.00p.m., Friday, 6th July, 2012
WORD LIMIT: 1500 (excluding abstract and references)
Use the relevant class results to write a laboratory report addressing ONE of the attached topics. Be sure to submit your final draft to Turnitin (via PSY173 webpage) by the due date. Your mark will only be awarded subject to a satisfactory Turnitin report.

This document contains:
1. How to approach this task (some suggestions) ................................................................................p1 2. Writing your lab report (general instructions) .................................................................................p1 3. Notes on measures used ...................................................................................................................p4 4. Statistical analyses – general information ........................................................................................p5 5. A Quick Guide to Interpreting t-tests and Pearson‟s r (Significance Testing) .................................p6 6. Topic 1 – outline, readings, statistical analyses ...............................................................................p8 7. Topic 2 - outline, readings, statistical analyses ...............................................................................p12 How to Approach this Task (Some Suggestions)

a) Choose a topic that you understand
b) Read through the data sheet (online) and the Notes on Measures section (this document) to remind yourself of the information that was gathered.
c) Skim read the suggested Readings for your topic to find information relevant to your topic. If a section is not relevant, skip it. The reference lists of the articles may contain other useful articles to follow up, and a library database search may be helpful. Focus on the major ideas in the area first – details can come later.

d) Read through the Statistical Analyses (this document) for your topic. For each graph or analysis, ask yourself “What is this statistic/graph telling me?”
e) Write your hypotheses. These should follow logically from the literature on your topic AND be testable using the analyses you have available. Don‟t just hypothesise that you will find what your statistics happen to show – this can lead to very convoluted hypotheses if your findings are surprising, and there are no prizes in science for a perfect match between hypotheses and results. f) Once you can answer the questions: “What is the aim of this study?” “What does my study have in common with previous studies?” “What makes my study different from previous studies?” “What are my hypotheses?” “What did we do to gather the data?” “What do the analyses tell me?” and “How do the findings fit with my hypotheses?” you are ready to start writing your first draft of the lab report. Writing Your Lab Report – General Instructions

Be sure to include each of the following sections in your report: Title: A concise but informative description of what the study was about. Your title should orient your reader to what your research question is.

Abstract: A summary of the study. As a guide, include approximately one summary sentence each for introduction, method, results and discussion. (word limit = 120) Introduction: This section aims to establish for your reader what central question your study is addressing. In real life, you normally know your research question before you begin gathering data. In this assignment, however, you may need to work backwards: look at the data that have been gathered and, in consultation with your reading, consider what question the data can answer for you.

1

By the end of the Introduction, your reader should understand:  General topic under investigation and why it is worth investigating  Relevant theories and evidence:
 What theoretical ideas have been applied to this area?
 What empirical studies (if any)...
tracking img