Psychological Discourse Essay

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In the community of psychological discourse, a standardized language is used among scholars in psychology. Technical manual about the language use is adopted to educate the future psychologists and to regulate the published journal. Avoiding misinterpretations and promoting ‘effective’ communication is the purpose of standardized language. Upper-level courses in psychology department often required students to write review articles to integrate student’s knowledge about statistics, and research methods. In this paper, I am going to examine the influential article in the psychological discourse community, the most cited article in the psychology journal (Van Noorden, Maher, and Nuzzo 553). According to a journal Nature, ‘Mini-mental state — …show more content…
The research articles in the community of psychological discourse have a standardized rule for the sequence of the paper. There are five sections— abstract, introduction, method, results, and discussions— each section consists of the particular information about the current findings in the study. The psychological discourse community set technical rules about the organization of the manuscript and content within each section. The writers start with a capitalized word ‘introduction’ at the very beginning of the article. They assume that the audiences already possess the strategy of formatting the research article in psychology journals. Undergraduate students in psychology get educated by professions about where to start reading a psychological literacy: the instruction given to is start a reading with summary or abstract of the research article which will give a reader key point about the research method and findings. People who do not get the education about the formatting style of the research article might be surprised and do not know where to start reading the …show more content…
3). Like other scientists, psychologists share their research findings through writing. Traditionally the dominant genre in the psychological writing is the research article. The good writing in the discourse community of psychology is “that which conveys ideas concisely and effectively” (Vipond 78). There is a unique way of writing style in the psychological literacy. The authors in Mini-mental state — practical method for grading cognitive state of patients for clinician show the technical perspective about the psychological literacy and entail multiple assumptions about the reader. By analyzing most used article in psychological literacy, we could know that the psychological community appears to have a prescriptive attitude about the formatting and authoritative attitudes toward the background knowledge. Between writer and reader relationship, there is an unseen authority over reader. If the reader want to know in depth about the study, reader should have background knowledge about the method of quantitative analysis. The writers of psychological literacy aim at more generalized reader than the audience for which the journal is primarily published. Overall, the psychological community aims at “presenting ideas in an orderly manner and expressing oneself smoothly and precisely” (APA 31). The future psychologists get trained for APA writing style with research article;

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