Important Short Note Questions in Psychology Exams

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  • Describe the importance of clinical methods of psychology.

  • Explain factors influencing perceptual defense.

  • What is the difference between programmed and probability learning?

  • Describe factors influencing retention and forgetting.

  • Evaluate the role of thinking in shaping personality and emotions.

  • What is the difference between James Lange and Canon Bard theory of emotions?

  • Describe the concept and characteristics of extrasensory perception.

  • Describe the various stages of concept formation.

  • What is the distinction between intelligence and aptitude?

  • Explain the Indian approaches to personality.

  • Explain psycho-cybernetics and its features.

  • Discuss the significance of social support program. Mention the role of community psychologist in social change.

  • Mention different types of psychological tests and discuss their uses, misuses, and limitations.

  • What is distance education? Is it equally effective with all learners? Discuss the relevance of Instructional Design Model in distance education.

  • Discuss the psychological consequences of prolonged deprivation & suggest measures to overcome them.

  • “Espoused India is unity in diversity.” Examine this statement and present a strategy for management of diversity especially with reference to gender.

  • What is multilevel marketing? Discuss the psychological principles involved in it with special reference to the role played by persuasive communication.

  • Critically evaluate the psychological consequences of mass media & IT boom on Indian population & highlight the role of psychologists in it.

  • “Stereotypes and self-fulfilling prophecies are psychological crutches used by those crippled in the encounters.” Critically evaluate this statement with relevant illustrations.

  • What are values? How are they related to interests? Discuss the strategies to foster them in the light of challenges posed by India’s socio-cultural milieu.

  • Discuss the importance of language in education. Is effective communication without language possible?

  • How can personality affect formation of prejudice?

  • Briefly describe classification of psychological disorders.

  • Explain why humanistic perspective is called the third force in psychology.

  • How can hereditary and environment contributions are isolated in the study of human behavior?

  • Is it necessary to conceptualize self as a determinant of behavior besides hereditary and environment? Give real life example to support your contention.

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  • “Modern social learning theories have assumed a distinctively cognitive cast,” Elaborate.

  • Does a conceptual continuity between sensation & perception exist? Is perception without sensation possible?

  • “Relative Deprivation can develop collective consciousness necessary for social change.” Discuss with relevant examples.

  • “Attributional errors direct our social perception by altering our choice behavior.” Discuss.

  • “Social action via small group represents radical strategy for social change.” Discuss with relevant examples.

  • Critically evaluate the role of mass media in social change particularly in the context of rural India.

  • Discuss the significance of programmed learning in education. Does self-instructional learning represent advancement over it?

  • “Metamemory is function of person, task, & strategies.” Discuss & elaborate how Metamemory functions.

  • How can you motivate people to achieve?

  • Distinguish between juvenile delinquency and crime.

  • Discuss the psychological and social factors behind effective communication.

  • Mention the physical, physiological, and behavioral consequences of stress.

  • What is conflict behavior? How best can it be attained? Give suitable examples.

  • “Bottleneck models of attention have outlived their utility.” Discuss.

  • “Perceptual defense represents an example of discrimination without awareness.” Elaborate.

  • What is perceptual organization? What are factors responsible for it? How does feature detection theory lends support to it?

  • “Temporal gradient of retrograde amnesia provides support to consolidation theory of forgetting.” Critically evaluate.

  • Can attitude be changed? Discuss the factors to be considered in changing attitudes.

  • What specified role in social intelligence play in the management of the people.

  • Can computer ever acquire human life ability to think, remember, and solve problems? Discuss with illustrations.

  • Discuss the problems of educating disadvantaged groups.

  • Discuss the socio-cultural approaches for understanding the origin of ethnic prejudice and discrimination.

  • Describe traumatic reaction to military combat and discuss the detailed psychological factors in contributing the stress.

  • Evaluate the relative effectiveness of mass media for distance learning.

  • What is reminiscence? Discuss the phenomena in terms of interference process.

  • What role does extinction play in long-term memory?

  • How do convergent and divergent thinking differ? Can it be integrated in higher forms of thinking?

  • Discuss the importance of military psychology highlighting the functions of psychologists in the sphere of aviation.

  • Detail the correlates of rapid eye movement in sleep.

  • Can you relate the ‘Guna’ theory of personality with any western model of personality?

  • Is national character a valid concept?

  • Is work culture an essential component of effective work motivation? Discuss its operations in private and public industrial setup in India.

  • What is group cohesiveness and discuss the factors affecting it.

  • Highlight the basic principles of psychodynamic approach in handling behavior disorders.

  • Show your acquaintance with the components of leadership training.