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Communication Skills for Psychology - Chapter Summary
There are many ways for mental health professionals to communicate, and the lessons in this chapter will help you distinguish all of the strategies and techniques used for communicating more effectively. Our instructors have developed each lesson to show you examples of the right way and wrong way to use these communication skills. By completing the chapter, you will possess the knowledge to:
- Describe the scientific process presented in writing or orally
- Identify techniques for writing concisely
- Analyze purpose, audience, and tone considerations for essays
- Differentiate informed opinions, persuasion, and facts in nonfiction
- Check out examples of anecdotal evidence
- Define how to use evidence and examples to support your writing
- Examine the influencing factors of psychological research
Video lessons are available in many of our chapters, and for each video lesson is a full-length lesson transcript. While some people enjoy watching just the videos, the transcripts provide you with multiple benefits. First of all, you can skim through the transcripts before watching the videos to see if you are already familiar with the topics discussed. Second, after you view the video lesson, you can read through the lesson transcript to further reinforce what you have watched. Lastly, when you are doing your last minute cram sessions before a major exam, glancing through the transcripts can help you get reacquainted with all of the key words and definitions you will need to know.
1. Presenting the Scientific Process Orally or in Writing
Part of being a good scientist involves sharing your work with others. Two of the most common ways this is done is through written works and oral presentations, both of which require a certain amount of care and skill.
2. Conciseness in Writing: Definition & Meaning
This lesson studies the quality of conciseness in polished, professional writing, and offers examples of both proper conciseness and poor conciseness. This lesson explains how to improve conciseness while revising an early draft.
3. Tone, Audience & Purpose in Essays
What is tone? How do you create a tone within an essay? Watch this video lesson to learn how writing with a specific audience and purpose in mind will help you to achieve an appropriate tone.
4. Fact vs. Persuasion vs. Informed Opinion in Nonfiction
How do you know what to believe and what to doubt? Watch this video lesson to learn how to differentiate between facts, persuasion, and informed opinions.
5. Anecdotal Evidence: Definition & Examples
This lesson discusses a type of evidence often provided to support some claim: anecdotal evidence. Learn how it differs from scientific evidence and when it is appropriate or inappropriate to use.
6. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence
Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!
7. Psychological Research: Influencing Factors & Examples
Psychological research gives us insight into how humans think, feel, and behave. But there are many different factors that can influence the way psychological research is done. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the social, cultural, economic, and ethical factors that influence research.
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