CBSE (UGC) NET June-December 2017 Syllabus for Psychology
CBSE (UGC) NET Psychology Syllabus 2012
Code No: 04
- There will be two question papers, CBSE (UGC) NET Psychology Paper II and Paper III.
- Paper II will consist of 50 questions worth 2 mark each.
- Paper III will consist of 75 questions worth 2 mark each.
CBSE (UGC) NET Psychology Paper II
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Intelligence: Biological, Social, Eco-cultural determinants.
- Theories of intelligence: Spearman, Thurston, Guilford.
- Individual and group differences: Extent and causes.
- Measurement of human abilities.
- 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.
- 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
Measurement and Testing
- CBSE (UGC) NET Test Construction: Item writing, item analysis.
- CBSE (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.
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.
CBSE (UGC) NET Psychology Paper III-A Core
Signal detection theory, subliminal perception and related factors, information processing approach to perception, culture and perception, perceptual styles. Ecological perspective on perception.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cognitive Strategies: Algorhythms and heuristics.
- Convergent and divergent thinking.
- Decision-making; impediments to problem-solving.
- Creative thinking and problem-solving.
- Language and thought.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
CBSE (UGC) NET Psychology Paper III-B
- Current trends in Social Psychology.
- Social cognition.
- Social influence.
- Prosocial behaviour.
- Applied social psychology: Health, Environment and Law.
- 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.
- 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.
- Development of industrial and organizational psychology.
- Selection processes in organization.
- Organizational training.
- Performance appraisal.
- Motivation and work.
- Work environment.
- Organizational behaviour: Theories, socialization, effectiveness.
- Psychopathology: Concepts, classification and causes: Clinical diagnostics.
- Common clinical disorders.
- Mental Retardation.
- Mental Health: Intervention models and psychotherapies.