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In psychology many different areas are investigated, with research projects employing both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The following is an example of the main areas that should be included when writing up psychological research.

1. Abstract

The abstract should be the first thing in the research write-up, this should be around 150 words and be a brief over view of the research, the abstract should include:

- What the research question was
- What methodology was employed
- The main results
- Further research

The abstract needs to be kept brief, but should have enough information for the reader to understand your piece of research.

2. Introduction

The first part of the introduction should be a review of background literature and investigations that have been studied in the area in the past. The literature used must be relevant to the research question that you want to answer.

The introduction should have a coherent narrative structure or a kind of 'story line.'

In the second part of the introduction you should explain why you are conducting the research, why now? Follow this explanation with a clear statement of the aims of the research and your research question/hypothesis.

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Part III: The Brain

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1. Open WileyPlus by clicking on the rEsource link
2. Click on Read, Study, Practice
3. Select Chapter Two
4. Go to CyberPsych
5. Click on the animation titled The Brain

After watching the animation, use the animation and your text to answer the following questions:

1. Why do psychologists study twins? Why do psychologists study children who have been adopted? What can be learned from these types of studies?

2. What are the functions of neurotransmitters and hormones? How do they influence the brain and behavior?

3. What is neuroplasticity?

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