Answered By: Jonathan Faerber
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APA 6th Edition

No, because "the introduction to a manuscript does not carry a heading that labels it as the introduction. (The first part of a manuscript is assumed to be the introduction)" (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 63).

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

APA 7th Edition

No, and while the introduction itself may include Level 2 section headings to label sub-sections to the introduction, "the first paragraphs of a paper are understood to be introductory", and "the paper title at the top of the first page of text acts as a de facto Level 1 heading" (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 47). At the conclusion of the introduction, begin the next section of the paper with a Level 1 heading.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000