CBSE UGC NET Dec 2014 Syllabus for Psychology

CBSE UGC NET December Psychology Syllabus 2014

Code No : 04

Subject : Psychology

Note : There will be two question papers, UGC NET Paper II and Paper III ( Part – A & B ). UGC NET Paper II will cover 50 objective Type Questions ( Multiple choice, Matching type; True / False, Assertion – Reasoning type ) carrying 100 marks.

UGC NET Paper III will have two Parts – A and B; UGC NET Paper III ( A ) will have 10 short essay type questions ( 300 words ) carrying 16 marks each. In it there will be one question with internal choice from each unit ( i.e., 10 questions from 10 units; Total marks will be 160 ).

UGC NET Psychology Paper III ( B ) will be compulsory and there will be one question from each of the Electives. The candidate will attempt only one question ( one elective only in 800 words ) carrying 40 marks. Total marks of UGC NET Paper III will be 200.

UGC NET Psychology Paper II

1. Perceptual Processes

  • Approaches to the Study of Perception : Gestalt and physiological approaches.
  • Perceptual Organization : Gestalt, Figure and Ground, Laws of Organization.
  • Perceptual Constancy : Size, Shape and Brightness, Illusion; Perception of Depth and Movements.
  • Role of motivation and learning in perception.

2. Learning Process

  • Classical conditioning : Procedure, Phenomena and related issues.
  • Instrumental learning : Phenomena, Paradigms and theoretical issues.
  • Reinforcement: Basic variables and schedules.
  • Verbal learning : Methods and materials, organizational processes.

3. Memory and forgetting

  • Memory Processes : Encoding, Storage, Retrieval.
  • Stages of Memory : Sensory memory, Short – term Memory ( STM ) and Long – term Memory ( LTM ).
  • Episodic and Semantic memory.
  • Theories of Forgetting : Interference, decay, retrieval.

4. Thinking and Problem Solving

  • Theories of thought processes : Associationism, Gestalt, Information processing.
  • Concept formation : Rules and strategies.
  • Reasoning : Deductive and inductive.
  • Problem – Solving : Type and strategies.
  • Role of concepts in thinking.

5. Motivation and Emotion

  • Basic Motivational Concepts : Instincts, needs, drives, incentives, motivational cycle.
  • Approaches to the Study of Motivation : Psychoanalytical, ethological, S – R Cognitive, humanistic.
  • Biological Motives : Hunger, thirst, sleep and sex.
  • Social Motives : Achievement, affiliation, approval
  • Exploratory behaviour and curiosity
  • Physiological correlates of emotions.
  • Theories of emotions : James – Lange, Canon – Bard, Schachter and Singer.
  • Conflicts : Sources and types.

6. Human Abilities

  • Intelligence : Biological, Social, Eco – cultural determinants.
  • Theories of intelligence : Spearman, Thurston, Guilford.
  • Individual and group differences : Extent and causes.
  • Measurement of human abilities.

7. Personality

  • Determinants of personality : Biological and socio – cultural.
  • Approaches to the study of personality : Psychoanalytic, neo – freudian, social learning, trait and type, cognitive.
  • Personality Assessment : Psychometric and projective tests.
  • Self – Concept : Origin and development.

8. Research Methodology

  • Research problems, hypothesis, variables and their operationalization
  • Types of psychological research.
  • Methods of Psychological Research : Experimental, Quasi – experimental, case studies, field studies and cross – cultural studies.
  • Methods of data collection : Observation, interview, questionnaire, tests and scales. Non – parametric tests

9. Measurement and Testing

  • UGC NET Test Construction : Item writing, item analysis.
  • UGC NET Test Standardization : Reliability, validity and norms.
  • Types of Tests : Intelligence, aptitude, personality – characteristics and important examples.
  • Attitude scales and interest inventories.
  • Educational measurement and evaluation.

10. Biological Basis of Behaviour

  • Receptors, effectors and adjuster mechanisms.
  • Neural impulse : Origin, conduction and measurement.
  • Sensory system : Vision and Audition.
  • Human nervous system : Structure and functions.

UGC NET Psychology Paper III ( A ) [ Core Group ]

Unit – I

  • Signal detection theory, subliminal perception and related factors, information processing approach to perception, culture and perception, perceptual styles. Ecological perspective on perception.

Unit – II

  • Learning theories : Hull, Tolman, Skinner.
  • Cognitive approaches in learning: Latent learning, observational learning.
  • Experimental analysis of behaviour : Behaviour modification, shaping Discrimination learning.
  • Neurophysiology of learning.

Unit – III

  • Models of memory : Atkinson and Shiffrin, Craik and Lockhart, Tulving.
  • Semantic memory : Episodic, trace model and network model.
  • Long – term memory : Retrieval cues, flashbulb memory, constructive processes in memory, eyewitness testimony, autobiographical memory.
  • Biological basis of memory : The search for the engram, PET scan, and biochemical factors in memory.
  • Improving memory : Strategies.

Unit – IV

  • Cognitive Strategies : Algorhythms and heuristics.
  • Convergent and divergent thinking.
  • Decision – making; impediments to problem – solving.
  • Creative thinking and problem – solving.
  • Language and thought.

Unit – V

  • Historical antecedents of motivation from Mechanism to Cognition.
  • Cognitive bases of motivation : Intrinsic motivation, Attribution, Competence.
  • Measurement of motives : Issues and techniques.
  • Cross – cultural perspectives of motivation : Achievement, Aggression.
  • Components of Emotion : Physiological, expressive and cognitive.
  • Neural mechanism of emotion : Central and peripheral.
  • Measurent of Emotions : Physiological, expressive and cognitive measures.
  • Current theories of emotions and facial feedback hypothesis.
  • Stress and coping : Reactions to stress, outcomes of stress.

Unit – VI

  • Theories of intelligence : Cattell, Jensen, Sternberg Goleman.
  • Creativity : Views of Torrance, Getzels, Guilford.
  • Intelligence and creativity : Relationship.
  • Abilities and achievement : Concept and role of emotional intelligence.

Unit – VII

  • Clinical and growth approaches to personality.
  • Existential and humanistic theories of personality : Frankl, Rollo May, Maslow, Rogers.
  • Personality assessment : Projective, psychometric and behavioural measures.
  • Psychology of self : Western and Eastern perspectives, measurement of self.

Unit – VIII

  • Research designs : Correlational, factorial, randomized block, matched group, quasi – experimental, time series design.
  • ANOVA : Randomized and repeated.
  • Correlational analysis : Partial, multiple and regression analysis.
  • Factor analysis : Assumptions, methods, rotation and interpretation.

Unit – IX

  • Psychological scaling : Purpose and methods.
  • Sources of bias in psychological testing.
  • Ethical issues in psychological testing.
  • Application of factor analysis in standardization of tests – with Important illustrations.

Unit – X

  • Methods of Physiological psychology : Lesion and Brain Stimulation.
  • Sleep and waking : Stages of sleep, Disorders of sleep and Physiological mechanisms of sleep and waking.
  • Ingestive Behaviour : Drinking and its neural mechanism; hunger and its neural mechanism.
  • Endocrine System : Chemical and glandular.

UGC NET Psychology Paper III ( B ) [ Elective / Optional ]

Elective – I

  • Current trends in Social Psychology.
  • Social cognition.
  • Social influence.
  • Prosocial behaviour.
  • Applied social psychology : Health, Environment and Law.

Elective – II

  • Development processes : Nature, Principles and related.
  • concepts – maturity, experience factors in development : Biogenic, Psychogenic and Sociogenic.
  • Stages of Development : Theories of Development : Psychoanalytic, Behaviouristic and cognitive.
  • Various aspects of development : Sensory – motor, cognitive, language, emotional, social and moral.

Elective – III

  • Human development and individual differences.
  • Motivation and learning.
  • Factors in educational achievement.
  • Social psychology of education.
  • Teacher effectiveness.
  • Guidance in schools : Needs, organizational set up and techniques.
  • Counselling : Process and areas.

Elective – IV

  • Development of industrial and organizational psychology.
  • Selection processes in organization.
  • Organizational training.
  • Performance appraisal.
  • Motivation and work.
  • Leadership.
  • Work environment.
  • Organizational behaviour : Theories, socialization, effectiveness.

Elective – V

  • Psychopathology : Concepts, classification and causes : clinical diagnostics.
  • Common clinical disorders.
  • Mental Retardation.
  • Mental Health : Intervention models and psychotherapies.