[CBSE] Psychology syllabus class 11 (2022-23)

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Psychology Syllabus of Class 11 CBSE 2022-23

Theory Paper70 Marks3 Hr
Practical30 Marks

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Theory Paper

Marks – 70

Time:- 3 Hours.

1What is Psychology?7
2Methods of Enquiry in Psychology10
3The Bases of Human Behavior8
4Human Development6
5Sensory, Attentional and Perceptual Processes8
7Human Memory8
9Motivation and Emotion7


Unit I What is Psychology?

The topics in this unit are:


What is Psychology?

  • Psychology as a Discipline
  • Psychology as a Natural Science
  • Psychology as a Social Science

Understanding Mind and Behaviour

Popular Notions about the Discipline of Psychology

Evolution of Psychology

Development of Psychology in India

Branches of Psychology

Themes of Research and Applications

Psychology and Other Disciplines

Psychologists at Work

Psychology in Everyday Life

Unit II Methods of Enquiry in Psychology

The topics in this unit are:


Goals of Psychological Enquiry

  • Steps in Conducting Scientific Research
  • Alternative Paradigms of Research

Nature of Psychological Data

Some Important Methods in Psychology

  • Observational Method
  • Experimental Method
  • Correlational Research
  • Survey Research
  • Psychological Testing
  • Case Study

Analysis of Data

  • Quantitative Method
  • Qualitative Method

Limitations of Psychological Enquiry

Ethical Issues

Unit III:- The Bases of Human Behaviour

The topics in this unit are:


Evolutionary Perspective

Biological and Cultural Roots

Biological Basis of Behaviour

  • Neurons

Structure and Functions of Nervous System and

Endocrine System and their Relationship with

Behaviour and Experience

  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System

Heredity: Genes and Behaviour

Cultural Basis : Socio-Cultural Shaping of Behaviour

  • Concept of Culture




Unit IV: Human Development

The topics in this unit are:


Meaning of Development

  • Life-Span Perspective on Development

Factors Influencing Development

Context of Development

Overview of Developmental Stages

  • Prenatal Stage
  • Infancy
  • Childhood
  • Challenges of Adolescence
  • Adulthood and Old Age

Unit V: Sensory, Attentional and Perceptual Processes

The topics in this unit are:


Knowing the world

Nature and varieties of Stimulus

Sense Modalities

  • Visual Sensation
  • Auditory Sensation

Attentional Processes

  • Selective Attention
  • Sustained Attention

Perceptual Processes

  • Processing Approaches in Perception

The Perceiver

Principles of Perceptual Organisation

Perception of Space, Depth and Distance

Monocular Cues and Binocular Cues

Perceptual Constancies


Socio-Cultural Influences on Perception

Unit VI: Learning

The topics in this unit are:


Nature of Learning

Paradigms of Learning

Classical Conditioning

  • Determinants of Classical Conditioning

Operant/Instrumental Conditioning

  • Determinants of Operant Conditioning

Key Learning Processes

Observational Learning

Cognitive Learning

Verbal Learning

Concept Learning

Skill Learning

Transfer of Learning

Factors Facilitating Learning

The Learner: Learning Styles

Learning Disabilities

Applications of Learning Principles

Unit VII: Human Memory

The topics in this unit are:


Nature of Memory

Information Processing Approach : The Stage Model

Memory Systems : Sensory, Short-term and Longterm Memories

Levels of Processing

Types of Long-term Memory

  • Declarative and Procedural; Episodic and Semantic

Knowledge Representation and Organisation in Memory

Memory as a Constructive Process

Nature and Causes of Forgetting

  • Forgetting due to Trace Decay, Interference and Retrieval Failure

Enhancing Memory

  • Mnemonics using Images and Organisation

Unit VIII Thinking

The topics in this unit are:


Nature of Thinking

  • Building Blocks of Thought

The Processes of Thinking

Problem Solving



Nature and Process of Creative Thinking

  • Nature of Creative Thinking
  • Process of Creative Thinking

Developing Creative Thinking

  • Barriers to Creative Thinking
  • Strategies for Creative Thinking

Thought and Language

Development of Language and Language Use

Unit IX: Motivation and Emotion

The topics in this unit are:


Nature of Motivation

Types of Motives

  • Biological Motives
  • Psychosocial Motives

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Nature of Emotions

Physiological Bases of Emotions

Cognitive Bases of Emotions

Cultural Bases of Emotions

Expression of Emotions

  • Culture and Emotional Expression
  • Culture and Emotional Labelling

Managing Negative Emotions

Enhancing Positive Emotions

Practical (Projects, experiments, small studies, etc.)

(30 marks)

The students shall be required to undertake one project and conduct two experiments. The project would involve the use of different methods of inquiry and related skills. Practical would involve conducting experiments and undertaking small studies, and exercises, related to the topics covered in the course (e.g. Human Development, Learning, Memory, Motivation, Perception, Attention, and Thinking).

Practical Examination

Practical (Experiments) file05 Marks
Project file05 Marks
Viva Voce (Project and experiments)05 Marks
One experiment15 Marks
(05 Marks for conduct of practical and 10 Marks for report writing)
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