psychology mains 2010 paper 1 & 2

Posted: November 12, 2010 in 2010_mains_papers

Psychology mains 2010 paper 1

1. answer the following in not more than 100 words.

a.        under what condition would a researcher prefer to use focused group discussion over interviewing? 10 mrks

b.        In what ways does an experimental design differ from quasi-experimental design? 10 mks

c.        What is REM sleep & how it is related to dreaming? 10 mks

d.        How would u process information for maintaining it for long-term use? 10 mks

e.        What are the stages of cognitive development according to piget? 10 mks

f.          What is sensory adaptation? Explain with examples. 10 mrks


2.a. discuss the role of monocular & binocular cues in depth perception? 20 mks

b. you are the head of an office in which employees habitually come late & leave early. Suggest a behavior modification plan for such employees. 20 mks

c. briefly suggest how well-being of an elderly can be promoted. 10 mks

d. comment on the impact of immediate & delayed reinforcement on learning. 10 mks


3.a. what are the problems of researcher is likely to face in making casual interference if the researcher were to use a single group pre-test-post-test design?  30 mks

b. how can biological aging be modified with the help of environmental factors? 30 mks


4.a how do task similarity & modality influence dual-task performance? 30 mks

b. discuss the level of processing framework of memory & the relevant supporting research evidence. 30 mks


section b


5. answer the following in not more than 100 words.

a. discuss the constituents of emotional intelligence. 10

b. discuss the stage of psychosexual development according to frued. 10

c. distinguish between IQ & deviation IQ. 10

d. explain anterograde amnesia with special reference to the classical case of HM. 10

e. discuss the role of heuristics in reasoning. 10

f. what is likely to happen if a person is asked to behave in a manner contrary to attitude the person holds? Explain on the basis of a theory? 10


6.a. what are the big five personality factors? Critically examine their conceptual basis. 30

b. khap panchayats have been in news recently because of their opposition to same – ‘gotra’ marriages. What psychological constructs would explain their behavior? 30


7.a. discuss the concept of N ach & different methods which have been used to measure it. 30

b. compare Chomsky’s innate mechanism view with skinner’s view of language development. 30


8.a. critically assess Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence. 30

b. discuss the role of cognition in experiencing emotion in the light of experimental studies. 30


psychology mains 2010 paper 2


1. answer any 3 of the following in 200 words. 20×3 = 60

a.        discuss the application of psychological tests in the selection of creative students. Elucidate their limitations.

b.        In which way the eastern traditional wisdom has contributed to dealing with psychological illness?

c.        Evaluate the applications of equity theory & porter-lawler’s theory in modern organizations.

d.        Discuss the role of social agencies in rehabilitation of HIV/AIDS victims.


2.a. enumerate the different types of phobia’s encountered in clinical practice. Explain the application of behavior therapy in handling these phobic disorders. 30

b. explain the role of case study in understanding the learning disabilities in school children. Prepare a proforma for the case study of a dyslexic child .30


3.a. discuss critically the relevance of community psychology in India for the eradication of superstitions . 30

b. discuss the challenges encountered by guidance & counseling movement in India. 30


4. in diagnosis , treatment & prognosis , it is more important to know which person has the disease rather than the disease he has. Express your arguments or otherwise with the treatment with justifications & discuss its implications for psychotherapy. 60.


Section b


5. answer any 3. 20×3 = 60

a. analyze the motivational deficits in the disadvantaged & the deprived groups. Suggest remedial measures for overcoming these deficits.

b. is gender difference dichotomous or does it constitute a continuum? Explain in the light of research on masculinity-faminity.

c. how can psychologist help sports persons in enhancing their performance on the field ?

d. comment on the effectiveness of training programs for developing entrepreneurship & achievement motivation


6.a. what is intergroup –contact hypothesis? Discuss its implications & limitations in reducing prejudices. 30

b. critically examine distance education in the light of mass media & information technology. Comment on the role of psychologist in this regard. 30


7.a. discuss the psychological consequences of recent developments in information technology with special reference to cognitive & social development. 30

b. terrorism begins in the minds of young people & it is in their mind that lasting solution to this problem is to be sought. Comment on this statement & suggest remedial measures . 30


8.a. prejudice is the consequence of socialization & learning. Discuss this statement & suggest measures to reduce prejudices in the Indian context. 30

b. state the salient features of man-environment relationship. Discuss their implications for architects in designing built-environment. 30


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