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Psychology Unit 1, Outcome 3: Research Investigation: Scientific Report Writing

Resources to Support VCE Psychology Unit 1, Outcome 3: Research Investigation into the impact of brain injury on brain function

Academic Writing in Psychology

Writing in psychology includes the following principles:

  • Using plain language: Psychology writing is formal scientific writing that is plain and straightforward. Literary devices such as metaphors, alliteration, or anecdotes are not appropriate for writing in psychology.
  • Conciseness and clarity of language: The field of psychology stresses clear, concise prose. You should be able to make connections between empirical evidence, theories, and conclusions. See OWL handout on conciseness for more information.
  • Evidence-based reasoning: Psychology bases its arguments on empirical evidence. Personal examples, narratives, or opinions are not appropriate for psychology.

(taken from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) )

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