A lab report is a type of paper used in psychology for describing a particular experiment, which has been held, and interpreting its results. The format of the lab report is similar to the one in journal articles and is very important to be followed. The mandatory sections to include in the psychology lab report are: a title page, an abstract, an introductory part, method section, a section with results, discussion and references. If the writer uses figures and tables for explicating the results of the section they should be attached as the very last part after references.
- A title page is a required part of any work as it contains an essential information about the author of the paper and a paper itself.
- Typically, you should indicate your name, name of the course, professor’s name, the topic of the paper and date.
- The information, which you state in the title page, may differ according to the paper format (it may be APA, MLA, Chicago (Turabian), and Harvard referencing in most cases). Check the required format with the instructions, received from your professor.
- The abstract part is usually just one paragraph: it describes in a very concise but meaningful manner your whole work.
- Typically, the abstract indicates only the main points of the work and is written on the separate page.
- The introduction in the lab report should state the problem and provide some general and background information about the research.
- One of the “must-have” components of the lab report’s introduction is a hypothesis – the author’s assumption regarding the research problem,
- A methodology part is supposed to explain how the experiment was held. All academic writing works typically include this section, which is why you are to pay a proper attention to it.
- Here you should indicate the number of participants in your experiment and their background if it matters to your work.
- Results section provides the readers with statistical information about the outcomes of your experiment.
- The important point is that you do not need to interpret and discuss your results in this part, but just state them. Usually this part is quite shorter than all others and contains figures and tables for results illustration.
- The discussion section is, actually, a place to interpret the results, which you received during the experiment held.
- Here you have to state whether the received results support your hypothesis or disprove it.
- Feel free to explain and interpret all the outcomes of your experiment in the discussion part.
- Reference page is the one, which you are to include in all academic papers that have citing and use any sources.
- Remember that reference page has to be completed according to the paper format requested by your tutor.
- The lab report is a work that commonly contains much accurate data, especially, numbers, which are better to represent in figures or tables.
- Note that figures and tables are added after the references.