Madhya Pradesh Board Psychology Syllabus for Class 11

Madhya Pradesh Board Syllabus for Class 11 Psychology

Psychology syllabus for class XI of 2008-09 session

Time: 3 hours
Maximum Marks: 100 (Theory-75 Marks, Practical-25 Marks)






Suggested Periods


Introduction to Psychology

Introduction; Development of Psychology as a modern discipline; (MILESTONES IN THE HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY); Psychology and life; Approaches to the study of Psychology and life; Approaches to the study of Psychology-Biological Behaviouristic, Gestalt, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cultural; Fields of Psychology; Psychology in relation to other disciplines; (NEW FRONTIERS OF PSYCHOLOGY).




Methods in Psychology

Introduction; Goals of psychological enquiry; Methods of enquiry-Observational, Experimental, Cor-relational (SIMULATION); Cross-sectional and Longitudinal studies; (QUALITATIVE METHODS); Case Study; Psychological Tools-Tests, Interviews, Questionnaires; Ethical issues involved in Psychological studies.




Biological Bases of Behavior

Introduction; Evolutionary perspective and genetics; (NATURAL SELECTION AND SOCIOBIOLOGY); Brain and nervous system; (REFLEXES); Functional organization of brain; (COMMUNICATION IN THE NERVOUS SYSTEM); [METHODS OF STUDYING BRAIN (MRI)]; (NEURO-SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS); (MENTAL CHRONOMETRY); Endocrine system




Socio-Cultural Basis of Behavior

Introduction; What is culture? Relationship between culture and human behavior; Socialization and acculturation; Cultural organization of social life; (Modernization, Westernization and Sanskritization.




Life Span Development

Introduction; What is development? (GROWTH, MATURATION, DEVELOPMENT, EVOLUTION); Principles of Development; Factors influencing development; Critical Periods of Development; Ecology of human development; Genetic bases of development; Stages of development; (INDIAN CONCEPT OF STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT); Infancy and Childhood -Development tasks and characteristics, (CHILDHOOD IN INDIA); Adolescence characteristics and challenges; (SEX ROLE, GENDER AND PEER RELATIONS); Adulthood stages and challenges, Old age-coping with problems of the aged, Critical life events (Career planning, unemployment,marriage, divorce, single parenting, retirement, death and dying); (FAMILY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT).




Sensory- Perceptual Processes

Introduction;(PSYCHOPHYSICS) (CLASSICAL AND MODERN METHODS). (SENSEORGANS-EYE AND EAR); Attentional processes; Study of attention-Span, and Distraction, (Study on Selective Attention), Perceptual organization; (ILLUSION) (Perceptual Constancy); (Space, Shape and Motion Color Depth and Distance) perception; (EXTRA-SENSORY AND SUBLIMINAL PERCEPTION); Perception and the states of consciousness.





Introduction; What is learning? How do we learn- Classical conditioning; Operant conditioning; Social Learning; Concept Learning (Processes of learning- Reinforcement, Discrimination, Generalization, Extinction); (Verbal learning); Transfer of Learning- Generic and Specific Factors influencing learning; Practical applications of learning principles; (LEARNING STYLES) LEARNING DISABILITY [DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND MASS-MEDIA]




Memory Processes

Introduction; What is Memory? (encoding, storage, retrieval); [MEMORY RESEARCH IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE - LANDMARKS]; Multiple Memory systems; [SENSORY, SHORT-TERM/WORKING MEMORY]; Long term memory- Episodic and Semantic; Levels of processing; Measurement of memory- Explicit and Implicit memory measures; Memory organization -categories and hierarchical organization, Construction and reconstruction in memory; [EYE WITNESS MEMORY]; [SPECIAL MEMORY PHENOMEN]; Forgetting- Encoding failure, Storage failure and Retrieval failures; Amnesia; Improving memory; (EMOTION AND MEMORY];.




Cognitive Processes

Introduction; What is Thinking; Concept: Reasoning, Problem solving, Judgment and decision making (Meta-cognition); {ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE}; Creative thinking, [FOSTERING CREATIVITY]; [ASSESING CREATIVITY]; [IMAGERY AND COGNITION]; [COGNITIVE SCIENCE]; [HUMAN BRAIN AND THIN-RING]; Information processing model, Measuring the mental processes.




Language and Communication

Introduction; Nature of human language; Language and thought, [Bilingualism, Role of mother tongue;] Communication Process; Verbal and Non-verbal Communication; Communication skills and Barriers to Communication; [PERSUASION AND PERSUASIVE COMMUNICATION];



Unit 11

Motivation and Emotion

Introduction; What is Motivation? Human needs (Maslow); [PHYSIOLOGICAL MECHANISMS: HYPOTHALAMUS AND MOTIVAION]; Biological Needs; Major Psychological motives- Achievement , Affiliation and Power, Emerging Concepts- Intrinsic and Extrinsic motivation ; Attribution, Competence; frustration, Conflict, and Anxiety [YERKES DODSON LAW]; [ENHANCING MOTIVATON]; Nature of emotions; Expressing emotions; Physiological and cognitive basis of emotions; Relationship between emotion and motivation; Emotional competence; Culture and emotion



Unit 12

Facets of Development

To be deleted from evaluation however desirable, as optional.

Introduction; Cognitive development-Theories of Piaget and Vygotsky; Sociology-emotional development- Concept of attachment; Stages of psycho-social development (Erikson); Moral development (Kohlberg); Development of values; Holistic development of child;




Practical Syllabus:-

1. One project (Emphasis should be on the use of different methods of enquiry and
related skills). 10 Marks

2. Three practicals related to the following themes; (3X5=15 Marks)


. Memory

. Motivation

. Perception

. Attention

. Thinking

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