APPSC CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST IN GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE, NELLORE
GENERAL STUDIES AND MENTAL ABILITY
- Events of national and international importance.
- Current affairs- international, national and regional.
- General Science and it applications to the day to day life Contemporary developments in Science & Technology and Information Technology
- Social- economic and political history of modern India with emphases on Indian national movement.
- Indian polity and governance: constitutional issues, public policy, reforms and e-governance initiatives.
- Economic development in India since independence.
- Geography of India with focus on Andhra Pradesh.
- Disaster management: vulnerability profile, prevention and mitigation strategies, Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in the assessment of Disaster
- Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection
- Logical reasoning, analytical ability and data interpretation.
- Data Analysis: Tabulation of data
Visual representation of data
Basic data analysis (Summary Statistics such as mean and variance coefficient of variation etc.,) and Interpretation
- Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and its Administrative, Economic, Social,
Cultural, Political, and legal implications/problems, including
a). Loss of capital city, challenges in building new capital and it’s Financial
b). Division and rebuilding of common Institutions.
c). Division of employees, their relocation and nativity issues. d). Effect of bifurcation on commerce and entrepreneurs.
e). Implications to financial resources of state government.
f). Task of post-bifurcation infrastructure development and opportunities for investments.
g). Socioeconomic, cultural and demographic impact of bifurcation.
h). Impact of bifurcation on river water sharing and consequential issues.
i). AP REORGANISATION ACT, 2014 on AP and the arbitrariness of certain provisions.
Unit I – Human Development
Development Process – Nature, Principles and related concepts – maturation, experience Factors in development: Biogenic, Psychogenic, sociogenic
Stages of development
Theories of development – Psychoanalytic, behavioristic and cognitive
Aspects of development – sensorimotor, cognitive, language, emotional, social and moral
Unit II – Perceptual Process
Sensation, Attention and Perception
Approaches to the study of perception – Gestalt and physiological approaches Perceptual organization – Gestalt, Figure and Ground, Laws of Organization Perceptual Constancies – Size, Shape and Brightness. Illusion, Perception of depth and movement .
Perceptual vigilance and perceptual defence. Role of motivation and learning in perception
Unit III – Learning
Definition of learning:Role of maturation and experience in learning Classical conditioning: Procedure, Phenomena and related issues Operant conditioning: Phenomena, Paradigms and related issues Reinforcement: Basic variables and schedules
Theories of learning – Hull, Tolman, Skinner and Bandura Verbal learning – Methods and materals, organizational processes
Application of learning principles – behavior modification, shaping, discrimination learning
Unit IV – Memory and Forgetting
Memory processes – encoding, storage and retrieval Sensory, short term and long term memories
Models of memory – Atkinson and Shiffrin, Craik and Lockhart and Tulving Types of memory – Semantic, Iconic, Episodic, Flashbulb, Autobiographical and Eyewitness
Biological bases of memory – Engram, PET scan, biochemical factors in memory Measurement of memory – recall, recognition and relearning
Improving memory – strageties
Theories of Forgetting – Decay, Interference, Motivated
Organization of long term memory – contribution of Ebbinghaus, Bartlet and Tulvig
Unit V – Thinking, Creativity and Problem Solving
Nature, types and tools of thinking
Theories of thought processes – Associationism, Gestalt, Information Processing Concept formation – Rules and Strategies
Nature and stages in creative thinking Measurement of creativity
Problem solving –stages, types and strategies. Algorythms and Heuristics Barriers to problem solving
Unit VI – Motivation and Emotion
Basic motivational concepts – Instincts, Needs, Drives, Incentives, motivational cycle Approaches to study of motivation – Psychoanalytic, ethological, S-R, Cognitive and Humanistic
Types of motives – biological, psychological and social. Meta needs Cross cultural perspectives of Achievement motivation
Nature and components of emotions Neural mechanisms of emotions
Theories of emotions – James-Lange, Canon-Bard and Schachter and Singer Measurement of emotions – Physiological, expressive and cognitive measures
Unit VII – Human Abilities
Nature of intelligence. Determinants of intelligence – biological, social and environmental Theories of intelligence – Spearman, Thurstone, Guilford, Sternberg, Gardner
Individual and group differences: Extent and Causes Intelligence and creativity relationship
Ability, Aptitude and Achievement
Measurement of intelligence
Unit VIII – Personality
Definition, nature and significance
Determinants of personality – biological, psychological and sociocultural
Theoretical approaches to study personality – psychoanalytic, neo-Freudian, trait and type, cognitive, humanistic, existential, transpersonal and Indian
Personality assessment – psychometric, projective and behavioural measures
Unit IX – Research Methodology
Research problem, hypothesis, variables and their operationlization
Types of psychological research – exploratory, confirmatory, cross-sectional, longitudinal, ex-post facto, qualitative and quantitative
Methods of research – observational, experimental, field, survey, case-study Sampling – need for sampling, types of sampling – probabilistic and non-probabilistic Research designs – co relational, randomized, matched, time series, trend analysis, factorial
ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, MANCOVA, Regression, factor analysis
Unit X – Psychological Measurement and Testing
Physical and Psychological measurement Psychological scaling – purpose and methods
Psychological testing – historical origins, definition and significance of psychological tests Steps in test construction
Requisites of a standardized psychological test Types and application of psychological tests
Sources of bias in psychological testing and ethical issues in psychological testing
Unit XI – Social Psychology
Definition, nature and methods of research in social psychology
Social processes – social cognition, social influence, prosocial behavior and aggression Attitudes – nature, change and measurement
Prejudice – causes and amelioration
Unit XII – Psychopathology
Concept of mental illness and mental health
Approaches to understand psychological disorders – psychoanalytic, behavioristic, cognitive, humanistic and existential
Classification of psychological disorders – DSM IV and ICD
Determinants of psychological disorders – biological, psychological and sociocultural Therapies – Psychoanalytic, Behaviouristic, Cognitive, client-centred and RET
Unit XIII – Organizational Behavior
Role of psychology in personnel selection Training and performance appraisal Motivation at work – concepts and theories
Leadership – definition, characteristics and theories of leadership Groups – nature, properties and functions, development, dynamics Concepts of organizational culture, effectiveness and development
Unit XIV – Health Psychology
Concept of health: Illness-Wellness continuum. Current perspectives – bio psychosocial and lifespan
Factors determining health and health behavior – genetic, psychological, sociocultural Stress and coping – concepts, sources, models of stress (Lazarus and Selye). Stress management techniques
Acute and Chronic illness – nature and management Health promotion
Unit XV – Counselling
Definition goals and objectives of counselling. Characteristics of an effective counsellor Counselling process, counsellor skills and types of counselling
Approaches to counselling – humanistic, existential, client-centred, cognitive and eclectic Counselling for special areas – educational, vocational, marital, family
Ethics in counselling