Discussion - What went wrong What prevented you from...

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Really… Why should we care??
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Purpose of Discussion Section Summarize Results in words Discuss findings of your study Discuss limitations of your study Relates findings to real world Wraps up paper with conclusion
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Structure Discussion completes hour-glass so go from specific to broad Begin by restating each hypothesis in general words and then state whether or not your data supported each hypothesis Do not use numbers – use words to explain your results Make sure to include an interpretation of your results – what do they mean? Make sure you keep this in reference to your hypotheses!
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More Structure… Include alternative explanation for your results (even if ns) Next relate your findings to the previous literature Include at least 3 sources in this part Be specific. Don’t just say your findings are similar. How? How are you supporting work in this area of psychology? Do this even if your findings are non-significant Next discuss the limitations of your study
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Unformatted text preview: What went wrong? What prevented you from finding a significant difference between your groups? Be as specific as you can so readers know not to make same mistakes More Structure… After limitations start getting more broad Make sure to emphasize what is good in your study after discuss all that went wrong Suggest future research – especially how it can compensate for your limitations Be specific. Don’t just say there should be future research on this topic. Say what specifically and why! Relate your findings to the real world – why did your study matter? Again do this even if no significant findings Last part You need to include a conclusion that is part of discussion section This is broad part of paper again Leave reader with a strong impression of your study and a strong take-home message Why should they care at all about your study and the findings?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2010 for the course BIO 361T taught by Professor Bittner during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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