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Psychology: Themes and Variations, Briefer Version, 9th Edition

  • Wayne Weiten University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • ISBN-10: 1133939066  |  ISBN-13: 9781133939061
  • 736 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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Shorter than Weiten's big book, PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES AND VARIATIONS, BRIEFER VERSION, 9TH EDITION offers a superb thematic organization together with practical applications and examples that help students see beyond research to big-picture concepts. Often described as a challenging book that is easy to learn from, the book surveys psychology's broad range of content with three aims: to illuminate the process of research and its intrinsic relationship to application (themes), to show both the unity and diversity of the subject (variations), and to invite students to the study of psychology by respecting their ability to master its fundamental concepts. Weiten's themes, including empiricism, theoretical diversity, socio-historical contexts, multi-factorial causation, cultural heritage, heredity and environment, and subjectivity of experience, and variations provide unifying threads across chapters that help students to see the connections among different research areas in psychology. A dynamic, teaching-oriented illustration program further enhances these themes. At the same time, the author presents topics in a hierarchical manner, giving students handles they can use to prioritize concepts within the chapter. Weiten reinforces concepts through exercises within and at the end of every chapter. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

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  • Key Learning Goals serve as advance organizers that focus students' attention on important concepts to be covered. The consecutively-numbered goals at the start of each major section are paired with a Review of Key Learning Goals at the end of each major section to reinforce the concepts.
  • Thorough updating of research includes new information on Internet-mediated research, new research on how elevated stress hormones undermine immune response and neurogenesis in the hippocampus, new coverage of the OxyContin epidemic, updated data on the strength of the association between exposure to media violence and aggression, updated findings on intelligence and IQ tests, new discussion of terror management theory, and new research on the relationship between social support and reduced mortality.
  • Engage and motivate students outside of class by packaging this text with Aplia™, a text-specific online learning tool designed to improve student performance and save you time. Aplia™ is an online interactive learning solution that improves comprehension and outcomes by increasing student effort and engagement. Aplia provides automatically graded assignments with detailed, immediate explanations on every question.
  • Chapter-by-chapter integration with PsykTrek™—PsykTrek offers 65 interactive learning modules that engage students in actively exploring psychological concepts and phenomena by interacting with simulations and participating in experiments. Written by Wayne Weiten and available online or on CD-ROM, PsykTrek is available for packaging with the text.
  • Highly-praised didactic illustration program—Figures, diagrams, photos, tables, and graphs work hand in hand with the narrative to strengthen and clarify the main points in the text. For example, eight Illustrated Overviews provide well-organized reviews of key ideas in the areas of history, research, sensation and perception, learning, development, personality theory, psychopathology, and psychotherapy. Diagrams of major concepts (e.g., conditioning, synaptic transmission), are often repeated in several chapters (with variations) to highlight connections among research areas.
  • Insight into the practical side of psychology—A two- to five-page Personal Application near the end of every chapter focuses on a single issue, including improving stress management, finding and reading journal articles, and many other topics. Although most of the Personal Application sections have a "how-to" approach, they also review studies and summarize data in much the same way as the main body of each chapter. Thus, they portray research and application not as incompatible polarities but rather as two sides of the same coin.
  • Critical Thinking Applications—These applications do more than simply review research critically, as is typically the case in other introductory texts. Instead, they actually teach students critical thinking skills that they can use in their academic and personal lives. Topics covered include looking for contradictory evidence; recognizing anecdotal evidence, circular reasoning, hindsight bias, reification, weak analogies, and false dichotomies; and evaluating arguments systematically.
  • Unsurpassed ancillaries—Anchoring the resource package is the Instructor's Resource Manual, now in a convenient three-ring binder format. Other key elements of the instructor ancillary package include a one-stop PowerLecture™ presentation tool with embedded video and graphics in Microsoft® PowerPoint® as well as a new YouTube Instructors' Manual to launch discussion around pre-vetted YouTube videos that cover concepts and themes throughout the text. Instructors also have access to the exclusive Wadsworth Psychology Online Lecture Series and an incomparable video library.

Table of Contents

1. The Evolution of Psychology.
2. The Research Enterprise in Psychology.
3. The Biological Bases of Behavior.
4. Sensation and Perception.
5. Variations in Consciousness.
6. Learning.
7. Human Memory.
8. Cognition and Intelligence.
9. Motivation and Emotion.
10. Human Development Across the Life Span.
11. Personality.
12. Social Behavior.
13. Stress, Coping, and Health.
14. Psychological Disorders.
15. Treatment of Psychological Disorders.
Appendix A: Answers to Concept Checks.
Appendix B: Statistical Methods.
Appendix C: Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

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  • New Reality Checks, three to four in each chapter, dispel common misconceptions about psychology. Based on the book "50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology" (Lilienfeld et al., 2010), each Reality Check appears in the margin near a relevant discussion and includes a Misconception and a countering Reality.
  • New chapter-opening vignettes were created for Chapter 3 (the biological bases of behavior), Chapter 10 (human development across the life span), Chapter 12 (social behavior) and Chapter 14 (psychological disorders). New topics include the fearless woman known as "SM," Angelina Jolie, Facebook, and unusual celebrity behavior.
  • New Concept Checks that focus on major theorists and researchers in the field appear near the end of each chapter. They challenge students to match major theorists with their key ideas and contributions.
  • New previews of relevant PsykTrek™ content at the end of each chapter give students concrete illustrations of how using PsykTrek can increase their understanding of important concepts and provide enjoyable opportunities for active learning.
  • Social behavior, which was the final chapter in the previous edition, now follows the chapter on personality and precedes the chapter on stress, coping, and health. This edition closes with psychological disorders and treatment of psychological disorders, better grouping common topics together.
  • Over 900 reference citations have been added to reflect the most recent advances in the field.
  • InfoTrac® Student Collections are specialized databases expertly drawn from the Gale Academic One library. Each InfoTrac® Student Collection enhances the student learning experience in the specific course area related to the product. These specialized databases allow access to hundreds of scholarly and popular publications - all reliable sources - including journals, encyclopedias, and academic reports. Learn more and access at: http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Wayne Weiten

Wayne Weiten is a graduate of Bradley University and received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1981. He has taught at the College of DuPage and Santa Clara University, and currently teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has received distinguished teaching awards from Division Two of the American Psychological Association (APA) and from the College of DuPage. He is a Fellow of Divisions 1, 2, and 8 of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association. In 1991, he helped chair the APA National Conference on Enhancing the Quality of Undergraduate Education in Psychology. He is a former President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. In 2006, one of the five national teaching awards given annually by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology was named in his honor. Weiten has conducted research on a wide range of topics, including educational measurement, jury decision-making, attribution theory, pressure as a form of stress, and the technology of textbooks. He is also the author of PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES & VARIATIONS (Cengage, 2017, 10th Edition). Weiten created an educational CD-ROM titled PSYKTREK: A MULTIMEDIA INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY and co-authored a chapter on the Introductory Psychology course for THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF UNDERGRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY EDUCATION (Weiten & Houska, 2015).