Helping Give Away Psychological Science/Standard Operating Procedures/Making a Poster

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Making a Poster for a Psychological Conference[edit | edit source]

"A good poster is not just tacking a standard research paper on a poster board," says Kathryn Tosney, PhD, "An effective poster helps you engage colleagues in conversation and gets your main points across to as many people as possible."

Structure[edit | edit source]

Heading[edit | edit source]

Same as on the abstract

  • Title: let people know what your poster is about in one brief sentence
    • Focus on findings
      • For a poster on HGAPS, your findings can be what did we find was the effectiveness of HGAPS
  • Contributors and affiliation: use superscripts to designate an affiliation for each person (school, hospital, etc.)
    • E.g., Caroline Vincent1 1University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Logos: Include the university emblem and HGAPS logo
  • Intro: a simple, effective message that draws people in with background information about the topic of your poster
Body[edit | edit source]

use short, declarative sentences

  • Method: a few sentences about how the study was conducted & participants — if someone wants more detail they will ask
  • Results: Clear, short statements that present the findings
    • Use visuals like colorful charts and graphs when possible
  • Discussion: Discuss your findings, interpret results
  • Conclusion: Conclude results of the study and discuss future directions
References[edit | edit source]

(if any were used)

  • Using footnotes can be helpful and informative

Add ons[edit | edit source]

  • Include QR codes and links
    • Use qrcode monkey to create QR codes
      • The QR code can link to supplemental information that didn’t fit in your poster
  • Create an OSF project or component for the poster and create a QR code that links to that OSF page
  • Using these for your resources will help save space on your poster

Tips[edit | edit source]

Emphasize graphics. Charts, graphs and pictures will make your poster stand out. "There is power in turning your information into simple, clean graphical representations to communicate data relationships."

  • Focus on findings
  • Use headings
  • Keep text clear and concise
  • Use bullet points
  • Have clean charts and graphs
    • Limit labels and have no lines or grids
  • Choose colors wisely
    • 2-3 colors that stand out
  • Leave white space
  • Aim for symmetry
  • Design for your readers' eyes
    • Make text clear, easy to read, and easily digestible
  • Include your full contact information on a business card or small print out
    • You can also include your email address at the bottom of the poster

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • HGAPs poster at FDF
    • This example does not implement all of these methods, but is a good representation of content about HGAPS
  • ABCT Special Interest Group (SIG) poster template
  • APA instructions 2019


  • Some poster-making help can be found here (from NCSU professor)