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UGC NET Psychology


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

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

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: Associations, 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

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


  • 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 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

Measurement and testing

  • Test construction: Item writing, item analysis
  • 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 Behavior

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

Elective- I

  • Current trends in Social Psychology
  • Social cognition
  • Social influence
  • Prosocialbehaviour
  • 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
  • Counseling : 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