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  • Psychology Report Name: Title: An investigation into how mood and attitude can influence an individual’s food preference.
  • ABSTRACT This should include a brief and clear summary of the investigation It should include;  Main aims and hypotheses of the investigation  The method – who your participants were and what you asked them to do.  The results (the test used and the actual results found in relation to the hypothesis)  The conclusion (did your results fit with the previous research)? It is at the front of the report but it should be written last (therefore written in the past tense).
  • INTRODUCTION This should not just be all you know, you need to be specific.  Introduce previous relevant studies and theories.  Describe the research on which the investigation is based at the very end of the introduction.  Then a complete linking sentence briefly describing what your research will involve.  Use the ‘funnel effect’ to create your introduction section.
  • AIM A short statement about the topic area being studied.
  • HYPOTHESES Experimental Hypothesis: Null Hypothesis: Justification of Hypothesis:
  • METHOD Design:  State the research method used and why you used it (if it was an experiment, state the type of experimental design used)  Identify the variables under investigation (e.g. correlation = co=variables; experiment = IV and DV)  Identify other variables (extraneous variables) and briefly describe the steps you took to control them  Describe how the participants were allocated to the conditions.  Briefly discuss any ethical considerations and how you overcame these. Participants:  Identify the target population (who were your participants? Where did you get them from? How many males and how many females? Ages?)  The sampling method used.  No names and addresses should be given anywhere within the report.  You need to report exactly what was done in the investigation.  Ask someone who has not been involved in the investigation to read it. They should be able to replicate the research study from the method section alone.  The Method section should be set out in a specific way using the sub-headings below; (1) Design (2) Participants (3) Apparatus (4) Procedure
  • Apparatus:  All apparatus/materials used in the investigation should be listed here (not things such as a computer, pens etc…only things that were specific to this investigation such as questionnaires etc…)  Refer the reader to the appendix for a copy of all the materials used (e.g. questionnaires, word lists, standardised instructions etc…) Procedure:  This should be a step by step description of exactly what happened during the investigation.  The reader should be able to replicate the investigation from what you have written.
  • RESULTS  Results must be presented clearly and simply.  Do not assume the reader knows that you are talking about.  Do not put raw data or calculations in here. These go in the appendix (at the back), Results are divided into two sections; (1) Descriptive (2) Inferential
  • DISCUSSION  This section of the report is probably the most important and needs to be written carefully.  There are four sections to the discussion; (1) Explanation of the results (2) Relationship to background research (3) Limitations and modifications (4) Implications and future research
  • CONCLUSIONS A brief summary of the main findings of the investigation in relation to the aims and the hypotheses.
  • REFERENCES  Any books/websites/journal/materials you have used must be referenced (including page numbers and the dates in which you accessed the information from the websites).  If you do not reference other people’s work you will be seen to be passing it off as your own. This is plagiarism.  All sources should be listed in alphabetical order.  It is normal to use the Harvard system of referencing.
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