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PSYC 3525 Lecture Notes - Microsoft Powerpoint, Whistle Rymes

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PSYC 3525
Josee Rivest

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Establish who is the audience; prepare to talk to them
Respect the time limit given (in this case: 12 minutes)
Know the room and technology associated with it
Use stress reduction strategies
Announce the end of your talk (e.g. show Acknowledgment; say Thank You)
State the take-home message clearly at the beginning and at the end of the talk
General rules
Use point forms and telegraphic language
All information on a slidemust be necessary and used (nothing should remain unsaid and unclear)
Use ONLY high-resolution material (e.g. font 18 points or larger; high-contrast stimuli light background & dark
letters or vice-versa)
Pretty/snazzy effects should not distract; they should help get the message
Keep parallel structure and style
Resist the temptation to cram more information on a slide than PowerPoint slide formats suggest, or to
continue one issue over several slides. Instead, cut down your points so that they fit comfortably on one slide,
or chunk them into meaningful subsections that each fit on one slide
Qualities of good “slides:”
Talk about an empirical research project (Important details that must be included in a good talk)
Required “slides:(Note: be concise and precise; use point form and style)
(Note: the title should be meaningful, concrete and give a good account of the topics of interest)
Title, authors and affiliation
(Must tell a story leading to the research questions; give authors and dates)
Background literature
(Answer these questions directly in the Conclusions)
Questions addressed if clear predictions, state them
Who cares? Explain why these issues, and your questions, are important to science.
Participants (groups, numbers, age, location…)
Procedure and material (participants’ task; material, order of trials, etc…)
Design (the two independent and dependent variables must be easy to figure out)
Methods important to tell a story
Information by Dr. Josee Rivest
How to give a talk
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
1:14 PM
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