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1. The most important thing you should learn from the results section is
2. If plotting the scores yields a symmetrical, bell-shaped pattern, the data are normally distributed.
3. If the data are not normally distributed, statistical significance tests should not be used.
4. If p < .5, the results are considered reliable.
5. You should try to understand (a) what scores on the measure indicate, (b) what the average score was for each group, (c) which significance test was used, (d) whether the differences between groups were statistically significant, and (e) whether the results supported the hypothesis.
6. The discussion section will interpret the results in terms of their significance for real world, theory, and future research.

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