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Psychology Research Writing: How to Create a Great Paper?

Wendy Whitehead

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Wendy Whitehead, (2018, February 20). Psychology Research Writing: How to Create a Great Paper?. Psychreg on General. https://www.psychreg.org/psychology-research-writing/
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Let’s get straight to business – writing a research paper is not an easy task. You have to start right now, and there psychology research paper tips will definitely come in handy. 

Establish relationship and get instructions

First you need to establish a good contact with the supervisor. Be sure to get from him valuable guidance on the chosen topic. You have the right to find out what exactly the term paper on psychology should include, get a substantial part of the list of references to which you need to refer, and, of course, get guidelines for writing a term paper. Usually in the library of an institute, university or academy, of which you are a student, there are specially designed and approved by the department manuals.

If at some point you decide to address a professional academic writing service to get your paper written online, you will have to submit all those requirements to make sure your assignment is written with the utmost attention to your professor’s instructions.

Usually, recommendations for writing research papers vary slightly from one institution to another. But in any of them it is described how the content side of the work and, of course, technical requirements should be built. Both facets of work are equally important. But if the content can ‘pump up’ a little, then technical illiteracy is unlikely to be forgiven. The number of pages in term paper on psychology, fields, intervals, footnotes, abbreviations, and the like is the first thing that the teacher who directs the writing of the work and the commission that will receive it pay attention to.

Focus on content

The content of the work necessarily includes two chapters: theoretical literature review and research part. The study can be constructed in the form of an experiment according to different experimental plans, have a correlation or empirical form. Experimental research is the establishment of causal relationships, correlation – the establishment of a relationship between two factors without determining what is the cause and what the effect.

Empirical research is carried out on the basis of trainings, development cycles, testing of author’s rehabilitation programmes, etc. As a rule, the second chapter describes the actual research conducted with the participation of the subjects, children, adolescents, adults of a certain age or occupation.

Polish every segment

One of the most difficult parts of the research paper in psychology is the introduction. It always indicates five points:

  • Relevance of this research paper in psychology
  • Object of work, its subject
  • Goal of the work
  • Tasks
  • Hypothesis

The relevance of the research paper lies in its modernity, the need at this stage in the development of science and practice. The object is the science area you are considering. For example, if the object of work is the person, then the Theory of Personality may be the subject of work. The purpose of the work is put forward one and begins with the verb ‘reveal’ or ‘explore’.

The goal must be unambiguous and not allow formulations like ‘develop and identify’. Choose one: ‘develop’ or ‘identify’. Tasks are the specification of the purpose of the work. Tasks usually 4–5 pieces. They are recorded sequentially – from ‘to study the scientific literature on the subject’, to ‘draw the necessary conclusions’.

Develop your hypothesis

This is an assumption that is verified by the entire research paper. This should especially be seen from the second chapter. The hypothesis is formulated unambiguously and in an affirmative form. For example, ‘overcoming the military-traumatic stress syndrome is possible through the personal growth of a serviceman’.


This is a brief summary of everything stated in the research paper in psychology. We can say that it is decorated with text, without numbering, conclusions on the whole work.

We can’t emphasise enough the importance of proofreading your paper at the highest level. Meticulously proofread every abstract, because our brain cannot do several things at one time. It needs to focus either on creativity (writing) or on editing. So let it be creative, but later check every sentence.

Wendy Whitehead did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.

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