Psychology Research Unit,  Indian Statistical Institute

Seventy Second  Annual Report, (April 2003 – March 2004)

The faculty members and scientific workers of the Unit are actively involved in research and different project works. Guidance is also being provided by the faculty members to three Senior Research Fellows and one Junior Research Fellow for their Ph.D. works in Psychology in different state Universities.
3. RESEARCH  AND OTHER SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES

3.1 A study on Short-term memory assessment under successive decrease in stimulus presentation time using computer – aided digit span text : Memorizing digits is an integral part in our everyday life. Current study attempts to explore some determinants of short term memorizing capacity when the stimulus presentation time is successively decreased. This study is important for advertising and mass education through visual display. Preliminary analysis revealed relationship of different stimulus lengths with different memorizing response errors.
Debdulal Dutta Roy – Sr. Lecturer,
Manjishtha Maitra – Senior Research Fellow.

3.2 A study of Organizational health and Job satisfaction in Rural banks from Psychological perspective : Rural bank plays a pivotal role in improving rural economy. Improving job satisfaction level of rural bank employees develops more intrinsic work motivation. Current study examines how evaluation about different organizational health parameters of rural banks is related to job satisfaction. Results noted that this relationship varied across different rural banks.
Debdulal Dutta Roy – Senior Lecturer,
Susmita Mukhopadhyay – Senior Research Fellow.

3.3 Entrepreneurial Behaviour : A Socio-psychological Approach for identifying potential Entrepreneur : The objective of this study is to find out some socio-psychological factors which have significant association with entrepreneural success, at the same time, this study aims to provide some comprehensive prediction models through which potential entrepreneurs may be identified in an empirical way. This study was conducted on 217 entrepreneurs randomly selected from four districts of West Bengal. Results of this study indicate that variables like individualism, collectivism, task-motivation, locus of control, entrepreneurial status and technical training have significant impact on entrepreneurial success. Obtained prediction model works very efficiently on the entrepreneurs of West Bengal, but it can not work so efficiently on the entrepreneurs studied from Bangalore & Agartala, because of different marketing facilities. Therefore, it has been suggested that one has to develop different prediction models for different market conditions with the help of the selected socio-psychological variables. Anjali Ghosh - Associate Professor ,
Rachana Chattopadhyay - Senior Research Fellow.

3.4 Self-Construal, Personal Values and Attitude towards Dowry : The study has been conducted on college students of three different sub-cultures of India to find out how self-construal and personal values influence one’s attitude towards dowry. Findings indicate that gender and culture have an important role in the formation of attitude towards dowry. Significant differences was also observed on different dimensions of personal values, self-construal with respect to gender and culture. Anjali Ghosh – Associate Professor.

3.5 Team effectiveness in work setting :  The main objective of the study is to find out the internal correlates of team effectiveness. Instruments for data collection have been finalized. Data collection from various work set up are in progress. Anjali Ghosh - Associate Professor,
Monika Sharma – Junior Research Fellow.


. INTERNALLY/EXTERNALLY FUNDED PROJECTS
4.1 Internally funded Plan Projects
4.1.1    a)    Name of the project :   Analysis  of GHQ-12 data collected from Antarctica expedition : Final  project report was sent to the Director, ISI. Findings will be useful in understanding psychological and physiological adaption of explorers in the Antarctica.
    b)    Name of the Principal Investigator    :    Debdulal Dutta Roy
c)    Unit involved :    Psychology Research Unit
    d)    Status    :    Completed on 31.03.2004.
4.1.2 (a)    Name of the Project :    Sociolization and Cognitive moral development of Children across Cultures : The objective of the study is to find out the relationship between cultural dimensions, parental socialization and cognitive moral development of children in the formation of justice concepts in different cultural settings. Data have been collected from school children of West Bengal and Jharkhand at two different stages of development and their parents have also been interviewed. Some differences were observed between students of rural and urban area and also with respect to maturity.
(b)    Name of the Principal Investigator    :    Anjali Ghosh
c)    Unit involved :    Psychology Research Unit
 (d)    Status    :    On-going
4.2 Externally Funded Project
4.2.1    a)    Name of the Project :    Audit Sampling-Phase II
    b)    Acount Number of the Project :    203
    c)    Name of the Project Leader :    T.J. Rao and Arijit Chowdhury
    d)    Unit involved  :    PSY, ASU, PAMU and Stat-Math
    e)    Funded by    :    Department of Finance, Govt. of W.B.
    f)    Status  :    Completed  on 2004.
    g)    Income-sharing or not    :    NA


SCIENTIFIC PAPERS AND PUBLICATION
7.2    Papers published in Journals
7.2.1 Dutta Roy, D. – Individual characteristics for the success in computer programming, Journal of Personality and Clinical Studies, 19, 1, 2003, 57-61.
7.2.2 Dutta Roy, D. -  Cluster analysis of GHQ-12 items using Indian Antarctica Expeditioners’ Responses, Journal of Psychometry, 17, 1&2, 2003, 38-44.
7.2.3 Dutta Roy, D. -  Organizational Diagnosis : Behavioural Perspectives, AIM EXPLORE, 1, 1, 2003, 36-39.
7.2.4 Gupta, Rumki -  Physical Facilities Available in Primary Schools and Scholastic Achievement, Journal of Education and Psychology, 61, 1, 2003, 19-28.
7.2.5 Gupta, Rumki -  Relation between socio-economic deprivation and academic achievement in adolescents, Psychologie und Education, #2. 2003, 10-25.
7.2.6 Gupta, Rumki -  Influence of Intelligence, Socio-economic Deprivation and Achivement Motivation on Adolescents’ Scholastic Achievement, Journal of Psychometry, 17, 1&2, 2003, 29-37.
7.3 Papers published in Conference Proceedings :
7.3.1 Banerjee, S.N. – A study on the detection of mental retardation among the primary school pupils with the suggestion of their rehabititation, National Seminar on inclusion in education : a matter of right to education for all. Department of Education, Kalyani University, 83-87, 2003.
7.3.2 Bhattacharya, H. -  A study on reading and writing competency of Bengali Language of the Neo-literate of North 24 Parganas, 91st Indian Science Congress, Chandigarh, In Ranjana Ray (Ed.), Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, 55-56, 2004.
7.3.3 Dutta Roy, D. – Some teaching models of writing motivation to the children of primary education : Cognitive behavioural approach. The 4th National Conference on Psychological approaches to teacher education, In Panch Ramalingam (Ed.), Pondicherry, 35, 2003.
7.3.4 Dutta Roy, D. -  Clustering items of GHQ-12 in Antarctica expedition., 91st Indian Science Congress Chandigarh, In Ranjana Ray (Ed.), Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, 26, 2004.

7.3.5 Dutta Roy, D. – Reading and Writing motivation among students in Primary Education : A Psychological Study. Proceedings of the 11th West Bengal State and Technology Congress, 202, 2004.
7.3.6 Ghosh, A. – Leadership styles and Individualist-Collectivist Orientation of Executives, 7th International & 38th  National Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Dr. P. Sinha (Ed.), Department of Psychology, JNV University, Jodhpur, 35, 2003.
7.3.7 Gupta, Rumki. – Prolonged Deprivation Profiles of School going Adolescent Boys and Girls, 7th International & 38th  National Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Dr. P. Sinha (Ed.), Department of Psychology, JNV University, Jodhpur, 36, 2003.
7.3.8 Mukhopadhyay, S. – Value importance as a moderator of the organizational awareness – mental health relationship, 91st Indian Science Congress, Chandigarh, In Ranjana Ray (Ed.), Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, 13, 2004.


PAPERS PUBLISHED IN BOOKS
7.4.1 Ghosh, A. – Perceived Self-efficacy and Academic Achievement of Primary school students, In Lyndem, B. & De, U.K. (Eds.) Education in North-East India. Concept Publishing company, New Delhi, 132-139, 2004.
7.4.2 Ghosh, A. – Entrepreneurial Behaviour : A study of Socio-Psychological variables in Entrepreneurs of Tripura, In Dutta Ray, B. & Das, G. (Eds.) Dimensions of Rural Development in North-East India, Akansha Publishing House, New Delhi, 138-148, 2004.
7.4.3 Ghosh, A. – Empowerment of Women through Entrepreneurship : An empirical study. In De, U.K. & Ghosh, B.N. (Eds.) Issues on Empowerment of Women, Mohit Publication, New Delhi, 123-131. 2004.
7.4.4 Gupta Rumki. – Empowerment of Women in terms of Education and their Deprivation, In De, U.K. & Ghosh, B.N. (Eds.) Issues on Empowerment of Women, Mohit Publication, New Delhi, 325-336, 2004.


VISITING SCIENTISTS
8. Visiting Scientists
8.1    a)    Name        :    Basu,  Soumitra
b)    Affiliation     :    Consultant Psychiatrist, Aurobindo Society,
Pondicherry.
    c)    Period of visit  :    March 26, 2004.
    d)    Unit visited    :    Psychology Research Unit, SSD.
    e)    Purpose of visit :    To deliver a talk on ‘Consciousness – A
transpersonal integral perspective’.
8.2    a)    Name        :    Bose,  Sukumar
b)    Affiliation     :    Retd. Professor, Department of Applied
Psychology, University of Calcutta.
    c)    Period of visit  :    March 09, 2004.
    d)    Unit visited    :    Psychology Research Unit, SSD.
e)    Purpose of visit :    To deliver a talk on ‘Psychological Perspectives of
Family Violence’.

8.3    a)    Name        :    Chatterjee, Amitava
b)    Affiliation     :    Retd. Professor of IIT, Kharagpur.
    c)    Period of visit  :    March 10-11, 2004.
    d)    Unit visited    :    Psychology Research Unit, SSD.
e)    Purpose of visit :    To conduct two days lecture programme on (i)
‘Understanding the nature of individual at work’. (ii) ‘Ingradients of Work Team Effectiveness’.
8.4    a)    Name        :    Majumdar, Sisir
b)    Affiliation     :    Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London
    c)    Period of visit  :    February 13, 2004.
    d)    Unit visited    :    Psychology Research Unit, SSD.
e)    Purpose of visit :    To deliver a talk on ‘Brain as Regulator of Mood
and Talent’.
8.5    a)    Name        :    Mukhopadhyay, Pritha
b)    Affiliation     :    Reader, Department of Psychology, University of
Calcutta.
    c)    Period of visit  :    March 24, 2004.
    d)    Unit visited    :    Psychology Research Unit, SSD.
e)    Purpose of visit :    To present a seminar on ‘A profile of  cognitive
function in Focal Brain Lesion’.
8.6    a)    Name        :    Sharma, N.K.
b)    Affiliation     :    Department of HSS, Indian Institute of Technology,
Kanpur.
    c)    Period of visit  :    July 24- 25, 2003.
    d)    Unit visited    :    Psychology Research Unit, SSD.
    e)    Purpose of visit :    To deliver a lecture on ‘What is in a Number That
Tells the Psychologist  what is in the mind’ ?


AWARDS
. Honours and Awards
9.1    a)    Name of the recipient :    Dutt Roy, D.
    b)    Name of Honour/award :    Best Paper Award for the paper titled ‘Some
teaching models of writing motivation to the children of primary education : Cognitive behavioural approach’.
    c)    Name of the Institution :    Pondicherry Psychology Association,
Pondicherry.
    d)    Other Information, if any :    
9.2    a)    Name of the recipient :    Dutt Roy, D.
    b)    Name of Honour/award :    Professor T.E. Shanmugam Award for
Excellence in Research for the paper titled ‘Perceived importance of Computer programming aptitudes’.
    c)    Name of the Institution :    The Madras Psychology Society,  
d)    Other Information, if any :    
9.3    a)    Name of the recipient :    Dutt Roy, D.
    b)    Name of Honour/award :    ISCA Best Poster Presentation Award for
the paper titled ‘Clustering items of GHQ-12 in Antarctica expedition’.
    c)    Name of the Institution :    Indian Science Congress Association,
    d)    Other Information, if any :    
9.4    a)    Name of the recipient :    Ghosh, Anjali
    b)    Name of Honour/award :    Best Paper Presentation Award for the paper
titled ‘Leadership Style and Individualist-Collectivist Orientation of Executives’.
    c)    Name of the Institution :    Organizational Behaviour Section, 7th
International & 38th National Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Jodhpur.
    d)    Other Information, if any :    
9.5    a)    Name of the recipient :    Gupta, Rumki
b)    Name of Honour/award :    Best Paper Presentation Award for the paper
titled ‘Prolonged Deprivation Profiles of School going Adolescent Boys and Girls’.
c)    Name of the Institution :    School Education Section, 7th International
& 38th National Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Jodhpur.
    d)    Other Information, if any :    
9.6    a)    Name of the recipient :    Mukhopadhyay, S.
b)    Name of Honour/award :    Dr. Devasenapathy Young Scientist Award
for the paper titled ‘A study of Terminal values as moderators of the relationship between Organizational Climate and job satisfaction or rural bank employees’.
c)    Name of the Institutions :    7th International & 38th National Conference
of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Jodhpur.
d)    Other Information, if any :    


SCIENTIFIC ASSIGNMENTS

10.3 Scientific Assignment / Academic visits in India.
10.3.1    Chattopadhyay, R. – Visited JNV University, Jodhpur from 11-13 October, 2003 for presenting paper at the 7th International & 38th National Conference of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Jodhpur.

10.3.2 Dutt Roy, D. was invited by the (i) Department of HSS of IIT, Chennai on
12th May, 2003 to giva a lecture on ‘ Organizational Diagnosis’, (ii) by the Indian Institute of Psychometry, Kolkata, on 18th July, 2003, to give seminar on, Psychometric approaches of Career Counselling,  at Great Eastern Hotel, Kolkata, (iii) by the Indira Gandhi National University in September, 2003 to give fourteen (14) days training on ‘Child Guidance’ and (iv) by the Institute of Engineering & Management in September 2003, to give six (6) days training on ‘Psychometric Approaches of Selection’ to the Post Graduate Students of IEM.

10.3.3 Ghosh, Anjali (i) visited J.N.V. University, Jodhpur from 11-13 October, 2003 and presented a paper at the 7th International & 38th National Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Jodhpur. (ii) She also visited Depertment of Psychology, Punjab University, Chandigarh from 3-8 January, 2004 and presented a paper at the 91st Session of the Indian Science Congress.

10.3.4 Gupta, Rumki (i) was invited by the All India Federation of Teachers Organization on 26th September, 2003 to giva a lecture on ‘Some Issues on Child Labour’ at Shri Krishna College, Nadia and (ii) She also visited J.N.V. University, Jodhpur from 11-13 October, 2003 and presented a paper at the 7th International & 38th National Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Jodhpur

10.3.5 Mukhopadhyay, S. visited J.N.V. University, Jodhpur from 11-13 October, 2003 and presented a paper at the 7th International & 38th National Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Jodhpur.

10.3.6 Sharma, Monika  (i) visited J.N.V. University, Jodhpur from 11-13 October, 2003 and presented a paper at the 7th International & 38th National Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Jodhpur and (ii) She also visited Department of Psychology, Punjab University, Chandigarh from 3-8 January, 2004 and presented a paper at the 91st Session of the Indian Science Congress.