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Bangalore University - Psychology Syllabus-Degree

Unit I : Introduction : Definition and goals of psychology ; Role of a psychologist in society ; today's
perspectives Biological, Psychodynamic, Behaviorist, Cognitive, Cross-cultural, Humanistic and Evolutionary perspective.
Methods : Experimental, Observation, Questionnaire and Clinical method. 10 hours
Unit II : Biology and Behavior : Neurons : Structure of neurons, neural impulse, synapse and
neurotransmitters. Nervous system : Central and Peripheral nervous systems. Cerebral Cortex : Structureand psychological importance in Thought And Language, Significance Of Left And Right Brain, Split-Brain.
Techniques of studying brain. The endocrine system. 12 hours
Unit III - Individual Differences : Concept and Nature of Individual differences, Intelligence - Theories ofIntelligence - Factor theories and Cognitive models of intelligence ; Characteristics of Intelligence Tests ; Types Of Tests. Determinants of intelligence - Genetic and Environmental influences social. Ethnic And Racial Differences In Brain Structure And Cognitive Process, Role Of Hormones In Gender - Related Behavior ; Gender Differences In Social Behavior ; Gender Differences In Psychological Adjustment; Factors Or Sources Of Gender Differences. 10 hours
Unit IV : Memory : Basic processes - Encoding, Storage, Retrieval. Sensory - Iconic Memory and Echoic
Memory ; STM - Working Memory, Serial Position Curve, Rehearsal, Chunking. LTM - Modules of memory -Declarative, Procedural, Semantic, Episodic Memory. Associative models - Explicit Memory And Implicit Memory; Retrieval Cues ; State Dependent And Context Dependent Memory ; Tip - Of - The - Tongue -Phenomenon , Flash Bulb Memories. Levels of processing - Constructive Processes In Memory - Schemas ;Forgetting - Decay Theory : Interference Theory ; Perspective Memory ; Absence Of Retrieval Cues ;Memory Dysfunctions Improving memory. Mnemonic Strategies. 08 hours
Unit V : Learning : Definition, Classical conditioning - basics of conditioning ; basic processes - Extinction, Spontaneous Recovery, Generalization, Discrimination, Higher Order Conditioning. Criticisms l Significance Of Classical Conditioning. Operant Conditioning - Thorndike's law of effect l basics of operant conditioning Reinforcement - Primary And Secondary ; Positive Reinforces Punishment. Pros And Cons Of Punishment.
Process - Generalization, Discrimination, Shaping, Chaining. Schedules of reinforcement Significance of operant conditioning, Cognitive Learning - Latent learning; Observational learning (Bandrua) ; Insight learning (Kohler). Learner and Learning - Prepared Behaviors, Unprepared And Contra prepared Behavior 10 hours
Feldman R. S. Understanding Psychology, IV edition, (1996) McGraw Hill India
Robert A. Baron,Psychology, III edition (1995) Prentice Hall India.
Morgan, King, Weiss and Schopler, Introduction to Psychology, VII edition (1989) McGraw Hill, India
Wortman and Loftus, Psychology, IV edition (1992) McGraw Hill International.
Bernstein, Roy, Skull and Wickets, Psychology, II edition, (1991) Houghton College Publishers.
Fernald and Fernald ., Munn;s Introduction to Psychology, V edition (1985) A. I.TB.S. Publishers and Dist
Hilgard, Atkinson and Atkinson, Introduction to Psychology (1975) Oxford IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Wayne Weiten, Psychology-themes and variations IV edition, Brooks / Cole Publishing Co.
Charles Tard, Altered states of Consciousness
W. Douglas, ESP and Altered States
Mohanty, G. Industrial Psychology and Organizational Psychology, Kalyani Publishers, Ludhiana
List of Experiments :
1. Observation and suggestion
2. Habit Interference
3. Effect of chunking of recall
4. Bilateral transfer of training
5. Effect of cueing on recall
Statistic :-
1. Measures of Central Tendency - Mean and Median for Ungrouped Data :
2. Grouping of Data - Class Intervals and Frequencies.
3. Mean and Median for Grouped Data - Long Method. Range
Project : Motiquiz (Motivation Quiz, to demonstrate the various levels of motivation on Maslow's Hierarchy of
Needs) to be given for project - the sample to consist of college students)
Semester II
2. I Basic Psychological Processes
Unit I : Thinking : Theories and models of thinking - Information Processing Theory, S- R theory, Cognitive theories, Simulation Models, Types of Thinking - Free Association, Imaginal Thought, Reasoning - Types, Problem Solving, Decision Making, Creative Thinking, Concept Formation, Language And Thought. 10 hours
Unit II : Motivation and Emotion. Motivation : Meaning - Motivation. Homeostasis, Need, Drive, Arousal, Incentives. Current status of motivational concepts. Types - Physiological Motivation - Hunger, Psychological motivation - Achievement, Power, Parenting. Motivation Cycle. Need Hierarchy. Emotion : Introduction - Meaning - Physiological responses, arousal and emotional intensity, emotional expression. Theories - James Lange Theory, Cannon - Bard Theory, And Cognitive Theory. How People Communicate Emotion -Innate Expression Of Emotions. Social Aspects Of Emotional Expressions, Facial Expressions And The Brain (Pyramidal Motor Systems - Cortical Functions) 10 hours
Unit III - Sensation, Attention and Perception : Sensation : Basic concepts :
I. Processes in sensation.
2. Types of senses - Receptors Involved In Each Of The Sensory Modalities I, E. Visual, Auditory, Gustatory, Olfactory, Tactile, Vestibular, Kinesthetic, And Organic Senses In Brief)
3. Sensory Adaptation - Advantages and Disadvantages,
4. Sensitivity To Glare.
5. Integration Of Senses.
6. Sensory Threshold
7. Absolute Threshold
8. Just Noticeable Difference
9. Weber's Law
10. Signal Detection Theory.
11. Perception
12.Understanding perception : Gestalt Laws of organization : Process of perception - Depth Perception. Constancy, Movement. Correlates Of Perception - Awareness, Set Motives, needs, Learning And Attention. Illusion. Subliminal perception ; Extra Sensory Perception 13. Attention : Definition, Characteristics. Selective Attention, Divided Attention 10 hours
Unit IV : Personality : Derivation of the term "Personality" - tracing the historical background of the definition of personality. Definition- mainly All port's definition, stressing uniqueness, enduring characteristics, individuality and interaction with the environment. Approaches - Psychodynamic (Freud, Jung & Adler)Humanistic (Rogers & Maslow) Dispositional approaches - Type (Jung. Type A & B, Rotter and Big - 5criticisms of type approaches) and Trait (Catelli) Behavioral Approaches - Locus of control and Social learning Theory. Assessment of personality - Questionnaires, Rating Scales and Projective tests. (Characteristics advantages & limitations, examples) 12 hours
Unit V - Altered state of consciousness : States of consciousness - Waking States including day dreaming. Rhythms of consciousness (Circadian rhythms) Sleep - stages of sleep. Dreams - Content, Links Between Dreams And Waking, Culture And Dreams. Altered states - Hypnosis (To Be Discusses As A Controversial Issue) - Meaning, Induction And Susceptibility, Hypnotic Phenomena, Hypnotic Stages. Mediation - Meaning, Pure Consciousness Or Relaxation Effect?. Short Term And Long Term Effects of Meditation, Transcendental Meditation) 08 hours
References :
Feldman R. S. Understanding Psychology. IV edition, (1996) Mc Gram Hill India.
Robert A. Baron, Psychology, III edition (1995) Prentice Hall India
Morgan, King, Weiss and Schopler Introduction to Psychology, VII edition, (1989) McGraw Hill, India.
Wortman and Loftus. Psychology, IV edition (1992) McGraw Hill International
Bernstein, Roy, Srull and Wicknes, Psychology, II edition, (1991) Houhton College Publishers.
Fernald and Fernald., Munn's Introduction to Psychology, v edition (1985) A. L.T. B. S. Publishers and Distrg
Wayne Weiten, Psychology - themes and variations, IV edition, Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Charles Tard, Altered states of Consciousness
W. Douglas, ESP and Altered States
Mohanty, G. Industrial Psychology and Organizational Psychology, Kalyani Publishers, Ludhinana.
List of Experiments :
1. Signal detection
2. Strops effect
3. Muller - lyre illusions
4. Mapping of retinal Co lour Zones
5. Maze learning
Statistics - Quartile deviation, standard deviation and grouped data - long method Quartile deviation and standard deviation - grouped data long method.
project : The project will be assigned at the beginning of the first semester and completed at the end of the second semester.
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patrick published on Feb 07, 2011, 03.46pm IST

i am pg studands so psychologcal syllbers next exam .


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