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Scientific Writing for Psychology

Scientific Writing for Psychology
Lessons in Clarity and Style

April 2014 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Scientific Writing for Psychology: Lessons in Clarity and Style provides straightforward, hands-on strategies to help psychology students master scientific writing. At the core of this brief and engaging guide are seven class-tested lessons: three devoted to sentences, one to paragraphs, and three to writing research reports. Packed with helpful examples and an abundance of writing wisdom, this book addresses the skills every successful writer needs.

Lesson 1: Writing Clearly
Lesson 2: Adding Emphasis
Lesson 3: Writing Concisely, With Some Spice
Lesson 4: The Art of Fine Paragraphs
Lesson 5: Framing an Introduction
Lesson 6: Reporting Results
Lesson 7: Discussing Your Findings

A truly striking aspect of this book is that it is so absorbing. Kail’s writing style draws the reader in and transforms a series of what are traditionally quite challenging tasks into activities which are brief, focused and easy to engage with.

Julie Taylor, University of Cumbria
Psychology Learning & Teaching

Did not meet my needs for my course

Ms Helen Green
Psychology, Cuyahoga Cmty College-Metro
June 16, 2016

This is a great book that will help scientific writers to improve their style. I enjoyed reading this book and I will recommend it to my students.

Dr Jan Rummel
Psychology Institute, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
July 7, 2015

Superbly written text to give directions to developing scientists in psychology.

Dr Tadhg MacIntyre
Physical Education & Sports Sciences, University of Limerick
November 22, 2014
Key features


  • Engaging prose and concrete examples in every lesson help students become better writers.
  • Clear and focused attention is devoted to the mechanics of writing, answering the unmet call for technical proficiency.
  • The examples and approach are geared specifically for scientific writing in psychology.
  • Offers straightforward and hands-on strategies for effective scientific writing to provide the most practical skills to readers possible.
  • An abundance of exercises and activities ensure students apply their knowledge and grow as writers.
  • Emphasis is placed on the importance of effective writing skills—especially for today's students.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Lesson 1

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ISBN: 9781483353043