Higher Education

Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century, 11th Edition

  • Wayne Weiten University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Dana S. Dunn Moravian College
  • Elizabeth Yost Hammer Xavier University of Louisiana
  • ISBN-10: 1285459954  |  ISBN-13: 9781285459950
  • 672 Pages
  • © 2015 | Published
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Filled with comprehensive, balanced coverage of classic and contemporary research, relevant examples, and engaging applications, this text shows students how psychology helps them understand themselves and the world-and uses psychological principles to illuminate the variety of opportunities they have in their lives and their future careers. While professors cite this bestselling book for its academic credibility and the authors' ability to stay current with "hot topics," students say it's one text they just don't want to stop reading. Students and instructors alike find the text to be a highly readable, engaging, visually appealing package, providing a wealth of material they can put to use every day.

Features and Benefits

  • The Personal Explorations Workbook is included in the back of the text (after the references and the indexes to allow easier use by students). The workbook contains experiential exercises, questionnaires, and personality tests that allow students to better understand themselves and their attitudes toward a variety of subjects.
  • PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO MODERN LIFE: ADJUSTMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY provides a comprehensive introduction to the psychology of adjustment in a compact, 16-chapter format, complemented by a Personal Explorations Workbook.
  • Each chapter includes practical information for students to use in their daily lives. For example, "Recommended Readings" appear throughout the text and serve as mini book reviews of the most influential self-help books published. The reviews cover classic titles as well as the newest releases.
  • The thorough end-of-chapter pedagogy supplies tools that support students' success in the course. It includes "Key Ideas," a bulleted summary of the chapter's main points; "Key Terms," a list of important vocabulary; "Key People," a review of important thinkers; and a practice test with answer key, providing students with an opportunity for self-testing of chapter content.

Table of Contents

1. Adjusting to Modern Life.
2. Theories of Personality.
3. Stress and Its Effects.
4. Coping Processes.
5. Psychology and Physical Health.
6. The Self.
7. Social Thinking and Social Influence.
8. Interpersonal Communication.
9. Friendship and Love.
10. Marriage and Intimate Relationships.
11. Gender and Behavior.
12. Development and Expression of Sexuality.
13. Careers and Work.
14. Psychological Disorders.
15. Psychotherapy.
16. Positive Psychology.

What's New

  • Updated book design and layout. A collection of new, eye-catching photos are also integrated into each chapter, where they are placed to reflect the subject matter reviewed in the text.
  • The authors have made countless content changes to keep up with new developments in psychology-adding and deleting some topics, condensing and reorganizing others, and updating everything. There are over 1000 new references.
  • The Psychology and Environmental Sustainability Appendix, new in the last edition, has been revised for the 11th edition.
  • New to the 11th edition is the Reel Research box feature, which highlights important concept by discussing research related to the chapter that has been captured on film. Each chapter includes one Reel Research feature with accompanying discussion questions. The Reel Research features include topics like health and stress, self-regulation, schizophrenia, and internet relationships.
  • The authors seamlessly integrate multicultural data into the text. Examples of content include: religion as a cultural source of the fundamental attribution error (Chapter 7); the roles of culture, physical attractiveness, and similarity in relationship development (Chapter 8); expanded cross-cultural coverage on collectivist views on marriage (Chapter 10) and a section on improving cultural sensitivity in treatment (Chapter 16).

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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).

Dana S. Dunn

Dana S. Dunn earned his B.A. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia. He is Professor of Psychology and former chair of the Psychology Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Dunn is author or editor of over 30 books and over 150 journal articles, chapters, and book reviews. His scholarship examines teaching, learning, and liberal education, as well as the social psychology of disability. His Psychology Today blog on teaching is called "Head of the Class." He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and served as president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) in 2010. In 2013, Dr. Dunn received the APF Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Psychology. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Oxford Bibliographies (OB): Psychology.

Elizabeth Yost Hammer

Elizabeth Yost Hammer earned her B.S. in psychology from Troy State University and received her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Tulane University. She is currently the Kellogg Professor in Teaching in the Psychology Department and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development (CAT+) at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Her work in CAT+ includes organizing pedagogical workshops and faculty development initiatives. She is a Fellow of Division 2 of the American Psychological Association and is a past President of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. She has served as the treasurer for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. She is passionate about teaching and has published on collaborative learning, service learning, the application of social psychological theories to the classroom, and mentoring students.