UGC NET Psychology 2016: Syllabus

UGC NET Psychology 2016: Syllabus

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UGC NET Psychology 2016: Syllabus

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 (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.

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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.
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.

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