Lab reports are often required for psychology courses, especially those in applied or experimental psychology. The purpose of a lab report is to clearly and concisely describe an experiment or study. Your report should communicate the purpose of the research, the research methodology, and the meaning of your results. The structure of a psychology lab report is similar to a professional journal article, but check with your course instructor for specific guidelines he or she may have.
Before you begin, here are a few steps you should take:
- Carefully read your instructor's guidelines. While you might have a general idea about how your report should be structured, the instructor might have other requirements that need to be included.
- Read some psychology journal articles if you've never written a lab report before. In most cases your report will follow the basic structure of a journal article, so being familiar with this type of writing is a good idea.
Our handy guide to writing a psychology lab report can also help.
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