The main aim of the Clinical Psychology department is to develop the mental, practical and emotional potential of the student. The department not only concentrates on the basic principles of the modern psychology but also emphasizes to associate the ancient sciences of Indian culture such as Yoga and Ayurved with the modern science of psychology. The department contributes to a great deal on the designing of the psycho-spiritual model. The model not only includes the basic psychological treatments but also provides a beautiful collaboration of alternative treatments such as Yog Nidra, Pranic healing, Reiki, Acupressure etc to treat the people with mental problems. That is the sole reason for the success of more than 250 cases which were thought to be very challenging.
Three Special Laboratories
The three laboratories with salient features and with the latest available equipments is determined to help the students as well as the research scholars residing in the university. The equipments include various bio-feedback machines, it should be noted that various researches are being carried out with the help of these bio-feedback machine combining the two super-healing techniques i.e. Yoga and Psychology (the bio-feedback machine is used to measure the muscular activity and is being used in a research to see how Dhyan (meditation) helps to reduce the stress). Similarly, with the help of EMG bio-feedback machine, the process of stress reduction and relaxation due to various yogic practices and psychological treatments is also being measured.
What is Bio-feedback?
Biofeedback, or applied psycho-physiological feedback, is a patient-guided treatment that teaches an individual to control muscle tension, pain, body temperature, brain waves, and other bodily functions and processes through relaxation, visualization, and other cognitive control techniques. The name biofeedback refers to the biological signals that are fed back, or returned, to the patient in order for the patient to develop techniques of manipulating them. Biofeedback techniques are used for a wide range of disorders including migraine and tension headaches, low back pain and hypertension.
i) Alpha EEG Biofeedback
A type of biofeedback that measures the alpha-brain waves. Most applications used for biofeedback are based on a quantitative analysis of the brain waves. Alpha biofeedback is the process of monitoring and displaying to an individual the ongoing Alpha EEG activity generated by his brain. Its most common clinical application is to redress a chronic mental posture constitutively a component of psychosomatic or psychological disorder.
ii) GSR Biofeedback
Feedback dermography is the process of monitoring and displaying to an individual his skin’s ongoing electrical properties and activity. Galvanic Skin Resistance (GSR) Feedback is utilized clinically as a convenient indicator of emotional responses and as a training tool for generalized reduction of sympathetic activity and the treatment of related psychosomatic and psychological disorders.
iii) Pulse Biofeedback
Pulse biofeedback is the process of monitoring and displaying to an individual the ongoing heartbeat. Its most common clinical application is to control dangerous heartbeat irregularities by force of mental discipline alone. It is important to control tachycardia and these irregularities as their presence is associated with an increased probability of sudden death.
iv) Respiration Biofeedback
Respiration Feedback is the biofeedback of the abdominal respiratory excursion. It has proved to be a psychotherapeutic training method which is easy to apply and which has rapid and intensive effects.
v) EMG Biofeedback
EMG Biofeedback electromyography is the process of monitoring and displaying to an individual the ongoing contraction and relaxation patterns generated by his or her skeletal muscles. Its objective is to heighten proprioceptive awareness of the mechanisms of muscle flexure and to develop voluntary control over dysfunctional, semi-voluntary, or involuntary muscle activity.
vi) Nerve Conduction Velocity
Neuroperfect EMG-2000 is a EMGCU/EP System. Using it we can collect analyze, print and store a wide range of nerve conduction Electromyography and Evoked potentials data. Nerve conduction studies are commonly performed in the evaluation of suspected neuro-muscular disease and provide an objective measure of pathophysiologic changes. Using Neuroperfect EMG-2000 one can perform Motor Nerve Conduction, Sensory Nerve Conduction, Facial Nerve Conduction, E-Wave etc.
vii) Multi Channel EEG Machine
A type of Biofeedback that measures the brain waves. Alpha wave activity EEG activity generally associated with an alert but relaxed state, usually defined as 8 to 12 Hz. Beta wave activity EG activity associated with an alert state often defined within the range of 16 to 20 Hz. Theta wave activity EEG activity generally associate with a drowsy, non-attentive state, usually defined as 4 to 8 Hz.
viii) Audio Visual Reaction
Time Apparatus: – This is as apparatus to test the quickness in reflexes of a driver and to impart try to further improve upon it. Here the reaction time taken by a driven to various audio visual sig. are recorded up to an accuracy of 1/1000 of a sec.
ix) Mirror drawing Apparatus
This apparatus measures hand-eye co-ordination and in a variety of experimental studies. We can study bilateral transfer from one hand to another. We can study the practice effect by mirror drawing apparatus.
Techistoscope helps in testing subject’s visual speed. We can measure span of attention of the subject. The number of objects which can be graphed in one short presentation is called span of attention.
xi) Electronic Depth perception Apparatus
This is an apparatus to access a driver’s depth perception ability i.e. how he perceives a thing in three dimensions. Here, depending upon a driver’s performance, he can be classified and given more trg on this simulator. A driver’s performance on this apparatus improves considerably with progressive trg and helps him to have a better depth perception.
One hundred and fifty-five tests are available in the psychology lab. These tests are classified as follows:
A) Test of intelligence and other abilities :- Such as verbal intelligence test, Raven’s Coloured progressive matrices (CPM), Bhatia’s Battery of performance test of intelligence, group test of intelligence.
B) Test of creativity – Passi test creativity, creative thinking
C) Aptitude tests – Teaching aptitude test, scientific aptitude test
D) Value test – value conflict test, social value, personal value
E) Aspiration scale – level of Aspiration measure
F) Parent child relationship and home environment scales
G) Interpersonal relations, Machiavellianism scale and maturity scales – Emotional competence scale
H) Personality Inventories and Related Tests:- 16 P.F. Questionnaires, Dimensional Personality Inventory, High School Personality Inventory.
TEST – contd..
I) Tests for assessing Clinical Aspects of Personality:- Eysenck’s Maudsley Personality Inventory (MPI), Eight State Questionnaire (85Q), Adjustment Neuroticism Dimensional inventory.
J) Projective Techniques: Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Sentence Competition test, Rorschach Ink blot Test.
K) Stress and Anxiety test
L) Socio economic status scales
M) Self concept and self related variable
N) Motivational test:– Power motive, affiliation motive, achievement motive
O) Neuro – Psychological assignment and related test memory scales, mental health battery
P) Problem solving and reasoning ability tests