Describe the background literature in the body of the introduction: what have previous researchers done?

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Jane P. Smith
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Deakin University
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The introduction of your lab report should contextualise the research problem. Start with an opening paragraph that introduces the reader to the topic and grabs their attention. Give some real-world examples and highlight the importance of studying the topic.
Note that the first line of each paragraph is indented. Describe the background literature in the body of the introduction: what have previous researchers done? Why did they do it and what did they find? How did they explain their results? Make sure that there is a clear connection between the past research and your current study. What was the reason for doing your study?
In the final paragraph, you should tell the reader the aim of your study and your hypothesis. Remember that your introduction should be no longer than 1000 words (1000 + 10% leeway). There is no minimum word count.

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References list:No reference list is requiredfor AT1; however, you need to provide citations throughout your introduction. You can includea reference list if you wish,but you will not receive feedback about it from your marker.What sections do I need to include for AT1?Title page (optional)If you include a title page, it should include your lab report title, name, student ID, and wordcount. Please see the example in CloudDeakin(Lab Report Introduction template). The title page is NOTincluded in the word count.Your marker will not provide feedback on the title page.Your title should summarise what your study lookedat. A reader should be able to deduce exactly what your study is going to look at by just glancing at the title. Its best to generally stick to adescription of your research question (e.g. Why do people use Facebook?) or your topic (e.g. Impact of diet on learning, memory and cognition). It must include the independent and dependent variables. Have a look at a few examples of already publishedpapers (i.e., check out your reading list).IntroductionThe purpose of an introduction is to justify why the study is needed and is important. This should all lead to (and justify)the aim and hypothesis of the study. While doing this, you must provide research evidence and theoretical reasoning as you go. If it helps, you might want to visualise the introduction as an inverted triangle() starting broadly with the general topic, and becoming more and more targeted in whats covered, until it logically points to a specific aim and hypothesis.Typically the order of an introduction is as follows:Begin by identifying the general relevance of this area of study, and tell the readerwhy the topic is important to study. By this, we mean that you need to begin withsome sort of introduction to the issue relating to studying automatic processes ingeneral. Think about thisquestion as you write this section: What is inattentionalblindness and why is it important to study it?Your introduction then needs to focus on the relevant existing knowledge on the topic.You want to discuss the prior literature and describe what they were investigating,how they did it, what they found, and what those findings tell us.
5You end this section by leading into the current study (our study). When talking aboutthe current study, you should mention the studys aim and how it addresses thegaps/limitations in the prior literature that you just mentioned. This aim shouldlogically follow on from what you have written up to that point in the Introduction, soreally your aim should not be a surprising one, given the evidence and the argumentsyou have already presented. Your reader should think Oh that makes sense. Ofcourse, they are looking at that.Once you have done all of this, you then outline what you expect to find (referred to asthe hypotheses).Note that we will help you practice writing an aim and hypotheses in the Week 1seminar.Referenceslist (optional)If you include References list, make sure that you list the references using APA style. If you are not sure how to do this, please read the Deakin Guide to APA-7(available through CloudDeakin). The References list is NOTincluded in the word count. Your marker will not provide feedback on the References

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