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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1.1 Definition of Psychology
  2. 1.2 Historical antecedents of Psychology and trends in the 21st century
  3. 1.3 Psychology and scientific methods
  4. 1.4 Psychology in relation to other social sciences and natural sciences
  5. 1.5 Application of Psychology to societal problems
  6. 2. METHODS OF PSYCHOLOGY
    2.1 Types of research: Descriptive, evaluative, diagnostic, and prognostic
  7. 2.2 Methods of Research: Survey, observation, case-study, and experiments
  8. 2.3 Experimental, Non-Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs
  9. 2.4 Focused group discussions
  10. 2.5 Brainstorming
  11. 2.6 Grounded theory approach
  12. 3. RESEARCH METHODS
    3.1 Major Steps in Psychological research
    6 Submodules
  13. 3.2 Fundamental versus applied research
  14. 3.3 Methods of Data Collection
    3 Submodules
  15. 3.4 Research designs (ex-post facto and experimental)
  16. 3.5 Application of Statistical Technique
    5 Submodules
  17. 3.6 Item Response Theory
  18. 4. DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR
    4.1 Growth and Development, Principles of Development
  19. 4.2 Role of genetic and environmental factors in determining human behavior
  20. 4.3 Influence of cultural factors in socialization
  21. 4.4 Life span development (Characteristics, development tasks, promoting psychological well-being across major stages of the life span)
  22. 5. SENSATION, ATTENTION, AND PERCEPTION
    5.1 Sensation
    2 Submodules
  23. 5.2 Attention: factors influencing attention
    1 Submodule
  24. 5.3 Perception
    11 Submodules
  25. 6. LEARNING
    6.1 Concept and theories of learning (Behaviourists, Gestaltalist and Information processing models)
  26. 6.2 The Processes of extinction, discrimination, and generalization
  27. 6.3 Programmed learning
  28. 6.4 Probability Learning
  29. 6.5 Self-Instructional Learning
  30. 6.6 Types and the schedules of reinforcement
  31. 6.7 Escape, Avoidance and Punishment
  32. 6.8 Modeling
  33. 6.9 Social Learning
  34. 7. MEMORY
    7.1 Encoding and Remembering
  35. 7.2 Short term memory
  36. 7.3 Long term memory
  37. 7.4 Sensory Memory - Iconic, Echoic & Haptic Memory
  38. 7.5 Multistore Model of Memory
  39. 7.6 Levels of Processing
  40. 7.7 Organization and Mnemonic techniques to improve memory
  41. 7.8 Theories of forgetting: decay, interference and retrieval failure
  42. 7.9 Metamemory
  43. 8. THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
    8.1 Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
  44. 8.2 Concept formation processes
  45. 8.3 Information Processing
  46. 8.4 Reasoning and problem-solving
  47. 8.5 Facilitating and hindering factors in problem-solving
  48. 8.6 Methods of problem-solving: Creative thinking and fostering creativity
  49. 8.7 Factors influencing decision making and judgment
  50. 8.8 Recent Trends in Thinking and Problem Solving
  51. 9. Motivation and Emotion
    9.1 Psychological and physiological basis of motivation and emotion
  52. 9.2 Measurement of motivation and emotion
  53. 9.3 Effects of motivation and emotion on behavior
  54. 9.4 Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation
  55. 9.5 Factors influencing intrinsic motivation
  56. 9.6 Emotional competence and the related issues
  57. 10. Intelligence and Aptitude
    10.1 Concept of intelligence and aptitude
  58. 10.2 Nature and theories of intelligence: Spearman, Thurstone, Guilford Vernon, Sternberg and J.P Das
  59. 10.3 Emotional Intelligence
  60. 10.4 Social Intelligence
  61. 10.5 Measurement of intelligence and aptitudes
  62. 10.6 Concept of IQ
  63. 10.7 Deviation IQ
  64. 10.8 The constancy of IQ
  65. 10.9 Measurement of multiple intelligence
  66. 10.10 Fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence
  67. 11. Personality
    11.1 Definition and concept of personality
  68. 11.2 Theories of personality (psychoanalytical, sociocultural, interpersonal, developmental, humanistic, behaviouristic, trait and type approaches)
  69. 11.3 Measurement of personality (projective tests, pencil-paper test)
  70. 11.4 The Indian approach to personality
  71. 11.5 Training for personality development
  72. 11.6 Latest approaches like big 5-factor theory
  73. 11.7 The notion of self in different traditions
  74. 12. Attitudes, Values, and Interests
    12.1 Definition of attitudes, values, and interests
  75. 12.2 Components of attitudes
  76. 12.3 Formation and maintenance of attitudes
  77. 12.4 Measurement of attitudes, values, and interests
  78. 12.5 Theories of attitude change
  79. 12.6 Strategies for fostering values
  80. 12.7 Formation of stereotypes and prejudices
  81. 12.8 Changing others behavior
  82. 12.9 Theories of attribution
  83. 12.10 Recent trends in Attitudes, Values and Interests
  84. 13. Language and Communication
    13.1 Properties of Human Language
  85. 13.2 Structure of language and linguistic hierarchy
  86. 13.3 Language acquisition: Predisposition & critical period hypothesis
  87. 13.4 Theories of language development: Skinner and Chomsky
  88. 13.5 Process and types of communication – effective communication training
  89. 14. Issues and Perspectives in Modern Contemporary Psychology
    14.1 Computer application in the psychological laboratory and psychological testing
  90. 14.2 Artificial Intelligence and Psychology
  91. 14.3 Psychocybernetics
  92. 14.4 Study of consciousness-sleep-wake schedules
  93. 14.5 Dreams
  94. 14.6 Stimulus deprivation
  95. 14.7 Meditation
  96. 14.8 Hypnotic/drug-induced states
  97. 14.9 Extrasensory perception
  98. 14.10 Intersensory perception & simulation studies
  99. 15. Psychological Measurement of Individual Differences
    15.1 The nature of individual differences
  100. 15.2 Characteristics and construction of standardized psychological tests
  101. 15.3 Types of psychological tests
  102. 15.4 Use, misuse, limitation & ethical issues of psychological tests
  103. 15.5 Concept of health-ill health
  104. 15.6 Positive health & well being
  105. 15.7 Causal factors in mental disorders (Anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and delusional disorders; personality disorders, substance abuse disorders)
  106. 15.8 Factors influencing positive health, well being, lifestyle and quality of life
  107. 15.9 Happiness Disposition
  108. 16. Therapeutic Approaches
    16.1 Introduction: Overview of Therapeutic Approaches and Their Importance in Mental Health
  109. 16.2 Psychodynamic therapies
  110. 16.3 Behavior Therapies
  111. 16.4 Client centered therapy
  112. 16.5 Indigenous therapies (Yoga, Meditation)
  113. 16.6 Fostering mental health
  114. 17. Work Psychology and Organisational Behaviour
    17.1 Personnel selection and training
  115. 17.2 Use of psychological tests in the industry
  116. 17.3 Training and human resource development
  117. 17.4 Theories of work motivation – Herzberg, Maslow, Adam Equity theory, Porter and Lawler, Vroom
  118. 17.5 Advertising and marketing
  119. 17.6 Stress and its management
  120. 17.7 Ergonomics
  121. 17.8 Consumer Psychology
  122. 17.9 Managerial effectiveness
  123. 17.10 Transformational leadership
  124. 17.11 Sensitivity training
  125. 17.12 Power and politics in organizations
  126. 18. Application of Psychology to Educational Field
    18.1 Psychological principles underlying effective teaching-learning process
  127. 18.2 Learning Styles
  128. 18.3 Gifted, retarded, learning disabled and their training
  129. 18.4 Training for improving memory and better academic achievement
  130. 18.5 Personality development and value education, Educational, vocational guidance and career counseling
  131. 18.6 Use of psychological tests in educational institutions
  132. 18.7 Effective strategies in guidance programs
  133. 19. Community Psychology
    19.1 Definition and concept of community psychology
  134. 19.2 Use of small groups in social action
  135. 19.3 Arousing community consciousness and action for handling social problems
  136. 19.4 Group decision making and leadership for social change
  137. 19.5 Effective strategies for social change
  138. 20. Rehabilitation Psychology
    20.1 Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention programs-role of psychologists
  139. 20.2 Organising of services for the rehabilitation of physically, mentally and socially challenged persons including old persons
  140. 20.3 Rehabilitation of persons suffering from substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior
  141. 20.4 Rehabilitation of victims of violence
  142. 20.5 Rehabilitation of HIV/AIDS victims
  143. 20.6 The role of social agencies
  144. 21. Application of Psychology to disadvantaged groups
    21.1 The concepts of disadvantaged, deprivation
  145. 21.2 Social, physical, cultural, and economic consequences of disadvantaged and deprived groups
  146. 21.3 Educating and motivating the disadvantaged towards development
  147. 21.4 Relative and prolonged deprivation
  148. 22. Psychological problems of social integration
    22.1 The concept of social integration
  149. 22.2 The problem of caste, class, religion and language conflicts and prejudice
  150. 22.3 Nature and the manifestation of prejudice between the in-group and out-group
  151. 22.4 Causal factors of social conflicts and prejudices
  152. 22.5 Psychological strategies for handling the conflicts and prejudices
  153. 22.6 Measures to achieve social integration
  154. 23. Application of Psychology in Information Technology and Mass Media
    23.1 The present scenario of information technology and the mass media boom and the role of psychologists
  155. 23.2 Selection and training of psychology professionals to work in the field of IT and mass media
  156. 23.3 Distance learning through IT and mass media
  157. 23.4 Entrepreneurship through e-commerce
  158. 23.5 Multilevel marketing
  159. 23.6 Impact of TV and fostering value through IT and mass media
  160. 23.7 Psychological consequences of recent developments in Information Technology
  161. 24. Psychology and Economic development
    24.1 Achievement motivation and economic development
  162. 24.2 Characteristics of entrepreneurial behavior
  163. 24.3 Motivating and training people for entrepreneurship and economic development
  164. 24.4 Consumer rights and consumer awareness
  165. 24.5 Government policies for the promotion of entrepreneurship among youth including women entrepreneurs
  166. 25. Application of psychology to environment and related fields
    25.1 Environmental psychology- effects of noise, pollution, and crowding
  167. 25.2 Population psychology: psychological consequences of population explosion and high population density
  168. 25.3 Motivating for small family norm
  169. 25.4 Impact of rapid scientific and technological growth on degradation of the environment
  170. 26. Application of psychology in other fields
    26.1 [Military Psychology] Devising psychological tests for defense personnel for use in selection, Training, counseling
  171. 26.2 [Military Psychology] Training psychologists to work with defense personnel in promoting positive health
  172. 26.3 [Military Psychology] Human engineering in defense
  173. 26.4 Sports Psychology
  174. 26.5 Media influences on pro and antisocial behavior
  175. 26.6 Psychology of Terrorism
  176. 27. Psychology of Gender
    27.1 Issues of discrimination
  177. 27.2 Management of Diversity
  178. 27.3 Glass ceiling effect
  179. 27.4 Self-fulfilling prophesy
  180. 27.5 Women and Indian society
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2.1 Types of research: Descriptive, evaluative, diagnostic, and prognostic

Descriptive research in Psychology:

  • Definition:
    • Descriptive research is a type of research that aims to describe and understand a particular phenomenon or behavior.
  • Examples:
    • Case studies: A detailed investigation of a single individual or small group of individuals.
    • Surveys: A method of collecting data by asking people questions about their attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors. Surveys can be administered in person, by phone, or online.
    • Observational studies: A method of collecting data by simply watching and recording behavior or events. There are two main types of observation: naturalistic observation and laboratory observation. Naturalistic observation involves observing behavior in a natural setting, while laboratory observation involves observing behavior in a controlled setting.
  • Goals:
    • To answer questions such as “What is happening?”, “How often does this occur?”, and “What are the characteristics of this phenomenon?”
    • To gather detailed information about a particular topic or issue.
  • Advantages:
    • Can provide a rich, in-depth understanding of a particular topic.
    • Can generate new hypotheses for further research.
    • Can be conducted in a variety of settings and with different populations.
  • Disadvantages:
    • May not be generalizable to a larger population.
    • May be subject to bias on the part of the researcher.
    • May not allow for the determination of cause and effect relationships.
  • Considerations:
    • Sampling:
      • The process of selecting a group of participants for a study.
      • It is important to consider the representativeness of the sample to ensure that the results of the study are accurate and reliable.
    • Data collection methods:
      • The tools and techniques used to gather data, such as interviews, questionnaires, and observations.
      • It is important to choose appropriate data collection methods that are suitable for the research question and the study population.
    • Data analysis:
      • The process of analyzing and interpreting the collected data.
      • It is important to use appropriate statistical techniques to accurately analyze and interpret the data.

Evaluative research in Psychology:

  • Definition:
    • Evaluative research is a type of research that aims to assess the effectiveness of a particular intervention or treatment.
  • Examples:
    • Randomized controlled trials: A type of experimental study in which participants are randomly assigned to receive a treatment or a placebo.
    • Meta-analyses: A method of combining the results of multiple studies to get a more accurate picture of the relationship between two variables. Meta-analyses are often used to evaluate the effectiveness of a particular treatment or intervention.
  • Goals:
    • To answer questions such as “Does this treatment work?”, “Is this intervention more effective than others?”, and “What are the benefits and drawbacks of this treatment?”
    • To determine the effectiveness of a particular intervention or treatment.
  • Advantages:
    • Can provide strong evidence for the effectiveness of an intervention.
    • Can control for extraneous variables that may affect the outcome of the study.
    • Can provide valuable information for making decisions about treatment.
  • Disadvantages:
    • May be costly and time-consuming to conduct.
    • May not be generalizable to a larger population.
    • May not be ethical to randomly assign participants to receive a placebo.
  • Considerations:
    • Experimental design:
      • It is important to carefully design the experiment to ensure that the results are valid and reliable.
      • This may involve controlling for extraneous variables, randomizing the assignment of participants to treatment groups, and using appropriate statistical techniques to analyze the data.
    • Sample size:
      • The size of the sample is important because it affects the statistical power of the study.
      • A larger sample size increases the power of the study and makes it more likely to detect an effect, if one exists.
    • Outcome measures:
      • It is important to choose appropriate outcome measures that are relevant to the research question and that accurately reflect the effectiveness of the intervention.
    • Ethical considerations:
      • It is important to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants are protected in evaluative research.
      • This may involve obtaining informed consent, ensuring confidentiality, and minimizing any potential risks to participants.

Diagnostic research in Psychology:

  • Definition:
    • Diagnostic research is a type of research that aims to identify and classify different types of psychological disorders or conditions.
  • Examples:
    • Development and validation of diagnostic tools and instruments: This may involve the creation of new diagnostic criteria or the evaluation of existing criteria to ensure their reliability and validity. Examples of diagnostic tools and instruments include the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
    • Studies on the prevalence and characteristics of psychological disorders: This may involve examining the frequency of different disorders in a particular population and identifying their associated risk factors and symptoms.
  • Goals:
    • To answer questions such as “What are the symptoms of this disorder?”, “How is this disorder diagnosed?”, and “What are the most effective treatments for this disorder?”
    • To improve the accuracy and reliability of diagnostic processes and criteria.
  • Advantages:
    • Can provide important information for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders.
    • Can improve the effectiveness of interventions by targeting the specific needs of individuals with different disorders.
    • Can inform the development of new treatments and interventions.
  • Disadvantages:
    • May be expensive and time-consuming to conduct.
    • May be subject to bias on the part of the researcher or diagnostic assessor.
    • May not be generalizable to a larger population.
  • Considerations:
    • Diagnostic criteria:
      • It is important to choose appropriate diagnostic criteria that are reliable and valid.
      • This may involve the use of standardized diagnostic tools and instruments, such as the DSM or the ICD.
    • Assessment methods:
      • The methods used to assess and diagnose individuals with psychological disorders should be reliable and valid.
      • This may involve the use of structured interviews, questionnaires, and observations.
    • Sample selection:
      • It is important to carefully select a representative sample to ensure that the results of the study are accurate and reliable.
    • Data analysis:
      • It is important to use appropriate statistical techniques to accurately analyze and interpret the data.
    • Ethical considerations:
      • It is important to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants are protected in diagnostic research.
      • This may involve obtaining informed consent, ensuring confidentiality, and minimizing any potential risks to participants.

Prognostic research in Psychology:

  • Definition:
    • Prognostic research is a type of research that aims to predict the likelihood of a particular outcome or future event.
  • Examples:
    • Studies on risk factors for developing a particular disorder: This may involve examining the relationship between different risk factors (such as genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle choices) and the likelihood of developing a particular disorder.
    • Studies on the likelihood of a positive outcome following a particular treatment: This may involve examining the relationship between different treatment variables (such as the type of treatment, duration of treatment, and adherence to treatment) and the likelihood of a positive outcome.
  • Goals:
    • To answer questions such as “What is the probability that this person will develop a particular disorder?”, “What is the likelihood of a positive outcome following a particular treatment?”, and “What are the risk factors for a particular outcome?”
    • To predict the likelihood of a particular outcome or event.
  • Advantages:
    • Can provide valuable information for decision-making and planning.
    • Can inform the development of targeted interventions and treatments.
    • Can identify potential risk factors that can be modified to reduce the likelihood of negative outcomes.
  • Disadvantages:
    • May be expensive and time-consuming to conduct.
    • May be subject to bias on the part of the researcher.
    • May not be able to accurately predict the outcome of a particular event.
  • Considerations:
    • Study design:
      • It is important to carefully design the study to ensure that the results are valid and reliable.
      • This may involve controlling for extraneous variables and using appropriate statistical techniques to analyze the data.
    • Sample selection:
      • It is important to carefully select a representative sample to ensure that the results of the study are accurate and reliable.
    • Outcome measures:
      • It is important to choose appropriate outcome measures that are relevant to the research question and that accurately reflect the likelihood of the outcome.
    • Ethical considerations:
      • It is important to ensure that the rights and welfare of participants are protected in prognostic research.
      • This may involve obtaining informed consent, ensuring confidentiality, and minimizing any potential risks to participants.

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