PSY 496: Psychology Graduation with Distinction Workshop

Reader requirements: graduate degree in psychology or neuroscience, ideally with research experience.


Course Information

Instructor: Prof. Tobias Egner

Focus on completion and submission of Graduation with Distinction thesis in Psychology.


Student Writing Assignment

What are students writing? Senior thesis for graduation with distinction–a journal article.
For whom? Experts in Psychology (any area) and Business related to psych/marketing.
Where would such writing typically be found? Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology.
Why would someone usually read it? People read journal articles in psychology to learn about current research in the field–either to inform their own research or to inform clinical practice.


Student – Reader Interactions

Introductory Meeting: Schedule within two weeks of receiving partner’s contact information. Students, let your readers know your schedule for presentations.

Students give practice presentations of their research throughout semester. Students should practice their presentation with their reader before giving it in class. Please set your own schedule with readers as soon as you know!

  • Presentations start March 21st

Link to Syllabus

The Spring semester’s syllabus consists almost entirely of the students giving practice presentations.

PSY 496 Workshop 2017 Syllabus


Feedback response questions

  • Do you understand the research question?
  • Is it clear how this research fits in with prior research (shows a gap)?
  • Are there any gaps in the results and discussion? Does the logic of the paper make sense?

Example Reader Feedback

PSY 497 IntroMethodsResults_Model