Example of a discussion section in a psychology lab report
Accompanying this report is a Lab Handout that states what the instructors expected as far as the scope of the experiment and the depth and organization of the report.Temperature and Pressure Measurements of an Ideal GasThat Is Heated in a Closed ContainerIntroductionThis report discusses an experiment to study the relationship of temperature and pressure of an ideal gas (air) that was heated in a closed container. Because the ideal gas was in a closed container, its volume remained constant.
The objective of the experiment is to test whether the ideal equation of state holds. In Writing in the Disciplines: Psychology - Writing a Lab ReportWriting a Lab Report in Psychology( printable version here)by Melanie Cooke, Tori Giaimo and Athena HenselLab reports are a critical aspect of learning to write in psychology, and comprise a large part of the Intro to Psychology lab grade at Richmond.
Although they may seem overwhelming to you now, lab reports can be written efficiently and effectively if you follow a formula that optimizes clarity and concision. While the introduction starts generallyand narrows down to the specific hypothesis, the discussion starts withthe interpretation of the results, then moves outwards to contextualizethese findings in the general field.TheDiscussion section is sort of an odd beast because it is here where youspeculate, but must avoid rambling, guessing, or making logical leapsbeyond what is reasonably supported for your data.
The soluWriting in the Disciplines: Biology - Writing the Discussion SectionWriting the Discussion Section( printable version here)The Discussion should be written after the Results section so that you have a good idea of what the experiment has demonstrated. The discussion section should definitely have a statement of your expected findings (Pechenik, 8).
This should include your hypothesis and a brief statement about why these types of results are expected. There should also be a comparison of how your actual results related to your expected findings (Pechenik, 8). In addition, the degree to which the evidence supported your hypothesis should be stated.