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Default Re: Calcutta University Psychology Syllabus

The University of Calcutta is a public state university located in Kolkata, West Bengal, India established on 24 January 1857.
It was the first institution in Asia to be established as a multidisciplinary and secular Western-style university.
Syllabi of Paper-I of three-year (Hons&Genl) course in Psychology

1) Introduction- Definition, Methods and Branches of Psychology.
2) Schools of Psychology – Behavioural and Gestalt
3) Perceptual Processes:
a) Determinants of attention, shift, fluctuation, oscillation and distraction.
b) Sensation and Perception; Attributes of sensation.
c) Perception of form, space, movement and time. Optical illusions.

a) Need for quantification in Psychology, levels of measurement – nominal ordinal, interval and ratio.
b) Processing of data:
i) Tabulation, classification and frequency distribution of data.
ii) Concept, types, uses and computational techniques of the measures of central tendency and dispersion.
5) Variables and their classification, major steps in psychological research.

1) Psycho-physics – concepts of sensory thresholds; Weber - Fechner Law, classical methods
i) constant method
ii) gradation method
iii) method of average error.
a) Learning processes: nature and factors of learning; theories: trial and error, conditioning – classical and operant; insight; transfer of training, programme learning.
b) Memory: Nature of encoding, storage and retrieval; STM LTM,types of memory, Factors of Retrieval.
3) Motivation: Definition; Types – Biological and Social; Theories – Concept of Drive, Incentive; Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory and Mc Clelland’s Theory of Motivation.
4) Intelligence: Definition, Nature, Classification; Theories – Spearman, Thurstone, Guildford.
5) Emotion- Nature, Theories: James Lange, Cannon-Bard, Schachter – Singer and Cognitive Appraisal.

Contact Details:
University of Calcutta  
Senate House, 87/1, College Street, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073
Phone: 033 2241 0071
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