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OPSC Pre Exam Syllabus : Psychology

Updated on: Apr 18, 2013
1. Introduction To Psychology :
Concept And Definition Of Psychology. Branches Of Psychology. Application Of Psychology To Society And Social Problems.
2. Methods In Psychology :
Characteristics And Application Of Methods; Introspection, Clinical, Case Study, Experimental.
3. Quantitive Analysis :
Measures Of Central Tendency And Dispersion. Correlation. Levels Of Measurement. Reliability And Validity And Their Application In Test Construction.
4. Physiological Psychology :
Structure Of Neuron, Nerve Impulses, Synapse And Neurotransmitters. Central And Peripheral Nervous System-Structure And Neural Control Of Behaviour. Endocrine System And Hormonal Control Of Behaviour. Methods Of Studying Brain Function.
5. Development Of Human Behaviour :
Individual Differences : Heredity And Environment. Developmental Issues – Role Of Early Experience, Adolescence, Problems Of Aging.
6. Perception : Perceptual Processes; Perceptual Organsiation, Perception Of Form, Colour, Depth And Time; Perceptual Readiness And Constancy; Role Of Motivation, Social And Cultural Factors In Perception; Application Of Knowledge Of Perception To Skill Development (E.G. For Certain Jobs Like That Of Driving, Airline Pilots Etc.).
7. Learning :
Classical Conditioning And Operant Conditioning. Modeling And Observational Learning. Learning And Motivation. Application Of Learning Principles In Behaviour Modification.
8. Memory :
Physiological Basis Of Memory, Remembering And Forgetting, Measurement Of Remembering (Recall, Recognition, Relearning). Short Term And Long Term Memory, Theories Of Forgetting (Decay And Interference Theories And Repressive Forgetting). Application Of Mnemonic Devices Etc, To Improving Memory.
9. Cognition And Language :
Concept Formation, Nature And Development Of Thinking, Language And Thought, Acquisition Of Language, Problem Solving, Creative Thinking And Its Application.
10. Intelligence And Aptitude :
Definition And Concepts, Theories And Models Of Intelligence, Measurement Of Intelligence And Aptitude, Exceptional Intelligence, Multiple Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence.
11. Motivation And Emotion :
Definition And Concept Of Imprinting, Needs, Drives And Motives; Theories Of Motivation And Their Application (Drive Reduction Theory, Maslow's Motivational Hierarchy). Social Motivation: Achievement, Power, Affiliation Motives And Influence Of Early Experiences. Physiological Basis Of Emotion. Theories Of Emotion (James-Lange And Cannon-Brad Theories, Cognitive Theories).
12. Personality :
Concepts And Definition Of Personality. Study Of Personality (Trait, Type And Eclectic Approaches) Development Of Personality (Freud, Erikson, Biological And Socio-Cultural Determinants). Measurement Of Personality (Self-Report Measures, Projective Tests). Application Of Personality Profiles In Fitting A Person To A Job.
13. Adjustment And Stress :
Concept And Definition. Factors Affecting Adjustment (Frustration And Conflict). Sources Of Stress And Reactions To Stress. Coping With Stress. Application Of Stress Management Techniques.
14. Social Behaviour :
Socio-Cultural Factors And Behaviour. Development Of Attitudes, Stereotypes And Prejudice. Strategies For Reducing Prejudice And Changing Attitude. Person Perception, Implicit Personality Theory And Integrating Impressions. Application Of Person Perception To Impression Management.
15. Application Of Psychology :
Health And Mental Health (Yoga, Meditation And Relaxation Therapies). Education (Programmed Learning,. Self Instructional Learning And Learning Styles). Community (Self Help Through Group Cohesiveness And Leadership). Industry (Assessment Centre Approach In Selection, Recruitment And Training). Environment (Man-Nature Interaction), Pollution Reduction. Information Technology (Application To Commercial, Educational And Health Areas).

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