Psychological WritingFirst things first. Know that we will be writing in psychobabble in this class. This is part of your formal training in terms of how to present your research and how to discuss findings.
We will be free writing everyday. I will write a word on the board after our "ten minute check-in." You will write for ten minutes on this word. We will then move on to a discussion, an activity or editorial meetings. Periodically during the course of the quarter these "free writes" will be typed up and turned in as part of the writing process. Hopefully some themes will begin to emerge in your thinking and writing to aid you in the write up of your final paper.
To begin. Daryl Bem has written a wonderful article on Empirical writing. Please read it and download it here.
Writing the Empirical Journal Article by Daryl Bem. Please read for
Gender Issues in Biology: An Approach to teaching writing by Natalie Weidman. Please have this read for discussion on the first day of class January 8th.
And here are several items that you will need for class.
types of sources
writing a position paper
please note: I DO NOT TAKE PAPERS VIA EMAIL.
(which have been ordered from Willow Glen Books):
Ballinger, B & Barker, T. (2006) The curious researcher. Pearson Education ISBN: 0321366492
Booth, W.C., Colomb, G.C., & Williams, J. M (2003). The craft of research (2nd Ed.). University fo Chicago Press: Chicago, Il ISBN:0226065685
Concise Rules of APA Style, published by the APA ISBN 1591472520
Rosnow, R. L. & Rosnow, M (2005) Writing papers in Psychology. Thomson Publishing ISBN 0534533310
Writing Outline here:
A word about this - many of the writing assignments will be done in conjunction with Mark Healy's research methodology class. We will be working in tandem to make sure that subjects and assignments overlap.
More books that may help you
How to combine Sentences
transitional forms of language
Also remember tenses. e.g. In literature review and description of the procedure:
“Use past tense (‘Smith showed’) or present perfect tense (e.g., ‘researchers have shown’) in the literature review and the description of the procedure if the discussion is of past events.”
To describe the results:
“Use past tense (e.g., ‘Anxiety decreased significantly.’)”
To discuss the results and present conclusions:
“Use present tense (e.g., ‘the results of Experiment 2 indicate’).
Publication Manual of the APA., 5th Ed., p. 33
Stuff I wish they had told me when I began this process
1. write your abstract last
2. your introduction will look nothing like what you originally wrote
3. reverse outline everything
4. your conclusions will get picked apart – don’t take it personally
5. any tier journal is a publication at first.
6. Get LOTS of editors and don’t be picky, but do take their criticism with a grain of salt.