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Advice from Professor Dr. Jane Berry: Writing a Lab Report for Psychology

For many new psychology students, writing specifically for psychology can be challenging since it differs greatly from writing in other disciplines. Most importantly, you must use APA guidelines to craft your paper. On this page, you will find advice from the head of University of Richmond's Psychology Department, Dr. Jane Berry.


Writing for Psychology- APA Style: Key Points

"It's not an essay, it's not expository, it's scientific writing and somewhat cut-and-dry."

General Advice for Writing for Psychology: Key Points

"One piece of advice I give students when writing up an APA style lab report is: do not underestimate how hard it is to write a discussion section."

Professor Pet Peeves: Key Points

A Pet Peeve of Dr. Berry's is when students"haven't taken the project seriously and they just try to patch in the pieces for an APA Style paper."

Difficult Sections of a Psychology Lab Report: Key Points

The Introduction should "really engage the reader to want to read more and learn what you found and what else is left to be done in the field."

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