Writing for Psychology Workshop
Writing assignments Blended Learning Opportunities & Term Paper Why? When? How?
Writing Styles Scientific analytical writing vs. Expository writing; Journalism Creative writing Separate fields have unique stylistic conventions Mimic language in scientific articles (“Scientese”), NOT newspapers/blogs/magazines
Common mistakes Conversational, flowery language “This is fascinating because…” “You’d think it would be a positive correlation, but it’s not!” Rhetorical questions “Why don’t people help in these situations? The answer is surprising.”
Common mistakes Undefined, colloquial terms e.g., “step it up” or “take it to the next level” instead of “increase motivation” Platitudes and hyperbolic statements e.g., “Everyone has witnessed or had to personally suffer through acts of aggressive driving.”
Conversational “Humans are no exception; just like dogs and cats and every other sexually reproducing organism under the sky, we must find a mate that will give us the chance to pass down our genes to offspring.” “There are many mystifying emotions and behaviors people experience in every day life, one of the most most mysterious being, love. Many people don’t even know what
Professional “I designed the current research to explore associations between attachment insecurities and psychological health. In 3 experiments, I show that avoidance and ambivalence in close relationships cause changes in people’s levels of satisfaction with their lives and positive affect.”
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