Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations / Edition 1

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Writing and communication skills are invaluable tools for both students and professionals in the field of psychology. This book helps users to generate crisp scientific communication in psychology. The book aids students, writers, and speakers at all levels by guiding them at every stage of the process. In a practical and accessible way, the authors teach readers how to make concise, unambiguous arguments; document their sources; and render technical information clear and comprehensible. Including the standards of writing found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, this book: focuses on principles of good writing as well as writing in APA style; offers tips on creating poster presentations, giving talks, writing for Internet publishing, and making presentations to institutional review boards (IRBs); highlights methods for selecting a research topic and for organizing papers; provides a separate section on how to communicate statistics.

About the Author:
Bernard C. Beins is Professor and Department Chair of Psychology at Ithaca College

About the Author:
Agatha M. Beins has earned a Master's Degree in Women's Studies from the University of Arizona and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University

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“This is an excellent book, which will prove valuable to many readers in different settings, not just students or educators.” (Nursing Times, 4 December 2012)

“All first-year students would benefit from this text when writing their first paper, poster and presentation, regardless of their writing background.” (Times Higher Education Supplement, 8 November 2012)

"This is an excellent book, which will prove valuable to many readers in different settings, not just students or educators. The parameters that govern a paper or presentation related to psychology are beautifully outlined here, and the guidelines offered could not be clearer." (Nursing Times.net, December 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405158787
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard C. Beins, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair ofPsychology at Ithaca College, New York. He recently received theCharles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award fromthe American Psychological Foundation. He is also the author ofResearch Methods: A Tool for Life (2009). He is a Fellow ofthe American Psychological Association, the Association forPsychological Science, and the Eastern PsychologicalAssociation.

Agatha M. Beins is Assistant Professor of Women's Studiesat Texas Woman's University. She co-edited Women's Studies forthe Future: Foundations, Interrogations, Politics withElizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy (2005), and has published articles inWomen: A Cultural Review and Sinister Wisdom. She isalso part of the editorial collective for the journal Films forthe Feminist Classroom.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Writing in Psychology     1
Organizing and Developing Your Ideas and Writing     11
Formulating Your Ideas     13
Assessing Your Sources     25
How to Conduct a Literature Search     37
How to Read and Summarize a Journal Article     49
Organizing a Paper     59
Elements of Style     71
Communicating Statistics     85
Preparing APA Format Papers     95
Writing a Thesis or a Term Paper     97
The Introduction Section     109
The Method Section     119
The Results     131
The Discussion Section     153
References: Citations in the Text and the Reference List     161
Final Touches: The Abstract and Formatting Details     175
Communicating Beyond the Research Paper     195
Creating Poster Presentations     197
Giving Oral Presentations     209
Presenting Your Work on the Internet     219
Submitting Your Plan to an Ethics Committee     227
Example of Apa-Style Manuscript with Common Errors     237
Corrected Apa-Style Manuscript     247
References     255
Subject Index     261
Author Index     267

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