Writing for Psychology,
7th Edition

Robert P. O'Shea, Wendy McKenzie

ISBN-13: 9780170441124 | ISBN-10: 0170441121

Copyright 2021

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| 208 pages

List Price USD $51.00


This best-selling text is a must-have manual for anyone that needs to learn how to write professional psychology reports and essays. An essential resource for any psychology student, it provides you with guidance on writing reports and essays by teaching you how to think critically, to write clearly and simply, and to follow the conventions of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

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Robert P. O’Shea is Senior Researcher at Leipzig University where he also wrote and taught a course on scientific writing. He has conducted research and taught at Murdoch University, Southern Cross University, University of Otago, Dalhousie University, Northwestern University, Queen’s University (Canada), and the University of Queensland. He has published extensively in major psychology and neuroscience journals. His research is mainly in cognitive neuroscience, visual perception, and history of psychology and science. He has taken study leaves at Leipzig University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and the University of Rochester. Dr O’Shea has been an editor of Scholarpedia and an associate editor of Perception & Psychophysics.

Wendy McKenzie has many years of experience as an educator and researcher in psychology, teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychology at Monash University. Her main areas of interest are human memory, teaching and learning in higher education (in particular the use of educational technology), and geropsychology.

  • Fully updated to reflect the requirements of the current 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA manual)
  • Increased coverage of important topics, such as: added information about use of text-matching software to help markers find instances of plagiarism (Ch 1), new sections on the audience for a student’s writing (Ch 1), new information on exam strategies, how to study and prepare for exams (Ch 7), additional material on systematic reviews and meta-analyses, including directions to useful online resources (Ch 7)
  • Updated material on bias, including the eight classes of the current 7th edition of the APA manual with examples (Ch 1) as well as expanded information on person, gender, and case of personal pronouns and reconciled APA’s singular 'they' with grammatical usage (Ch 6)
  • Enhanced layout and new full-colour visual design for improved student navigation of the key APA style examples and usage advice covered in this valuable resource for students
  • New guidelines for research methods, including sections on qualitative research and mixed-methods (Ch 2)
  • Facilitate planning and teaching with instructor resources available online
  • Annotated reports and essay examples - featuring concise and engaging annotations and explanations - that are set out in clear APA format, so your students can easily see how to do it themselves
  • Clear, engaging language and explanations of how to and why to write to the APA style. This helps students to easily understand the relevance, value and use of good writing for success in their study and future careers
  • The APA Example boxes show the text exactly as it should appear in an APA-styled assignment, providing a thorough demonstration of the application of APA in practice
  • Key terms for Writing for Psychology are bolded in the text with margin definitions in clear, concise language for easy identification and understanding. These definitions also appear in the glossary at the end of the text
  • Specific sections cover how to write up results and research as an important part of report-writing
  • Spiral binding makes it easy to use the book while writing
  • 'Usage example' boxes lead students through the process of understanding what makes superior writing. Readers can quickly compare examples side-by-side with explanations of what makes better writing work, enabling them to identify how to improve their own writing
  • A flawed report and a flawed essay are included in the appendices. These identify errors and frequent points of difficulty, helping students to avoid common mistakes

Table of Contents

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1. Read this first!
2. Writing reports
3. Writing essays
4. Finding and using reference material
5. Thinking critically and developing ideas
6. Writing correctly and with style
7. Writing for other forms of assessment
App A: Flawed report
App B: Flawed essay
App C: Statistical assumptions
App D: Common measurement abbreviations
App E: More plurals

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Writing for Psychology

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