Psychology: Themes and Variations / Edition 9

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Since the first edition of this book appeared, professors have praised Weiten's scholarship as exemplary and the accessibility of his prose as unparalleled. PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES AND VARIATIONS redefined the way Introductory Psychology is taught by using integrative themes to develop the connections among different areas of psychological research. In this revitalized and thoroughly updated Fifth Edition, not only has Weiten continued to refine and improve the scholarship, outstanding art program, and readability of the text, but he has also added a new critical thinking feature to each chapter. This critical thinking feature is designed to encourage students to examine the process of effective questioning and analysis of key issues in psychology.

Using integrative themes to emphasize connections among different areas of research in psychology, and built from the ground up using original sources, Weiten challenges students to grapple with the big issues and tough questions while mastering the basic concepts of psychology. Throughout the Fifth Edition, Weiten emphasizes the unity in psychology's intellectual heritage (the themes), as well as psychology's immense diversity (the variations). Offering the strongest integration of technology aids for students and instructors, Weiten's text includes icon links to the innovative PSYK.TREK CD-ROM, providing students with a powerful way to explore psychological concepts through experiments, interactivities, animation, audio, video, and printable quizzing.

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Editorial Reviews

New edition of a text that uses integrative themes to develop the connections among different areas of psychological research. Sixteen chapters discuss the evolution of psychology, research, biological bases, sensation and perception, variations in consciousness, learning through conditioning, memory, language and thought, intelligence and testing, motivation and emotion, life-span development, personality, stress and health, psychological disorders, therapy, and social behavior. Contains many color illustrations and graphics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"Since the first edition, I have thought that Weiten set a standard for introductory psychology, and [the new edition] makes me feel the same way."

"In describing it to a colleague, I would emphasize the quality of the writing (how readable it is), the quality of the graphics (how clear and consistent they are), and the balance between research and application (how it appeals to both majors and non-majors)."

"There is an enthusiasm in Weiten's writing. This is at the heart of good teaching, and it is essential if we are going to encourage good students to pursue psychology further."

"The unifying themes provide a nice connection from chapter to chapter and also promote questions from the students about other disciplines from across the campus. These themes really put forth the notion that the disciplines across the college are not isolated, but interrelated."

It seems that almost every page included a new, recent reference. The author must have spent the last couple of years doing nothing but reading the journals. Terrific!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111354749
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: PSY 113 General Psychology Series
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 174,761
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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 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, where he taught until 1991. He is a Fellow of Divisions 1 and 2 of the American Psychological Association. In 1991, he helped chair the APA National Conference on Enhancing the Quality of Undergraduate Education in Psychology and in 1996-1997 he served as President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Wayne Weiten has conducted research on a wide range of topics, including educational measurement, jury decision making, attribution theory, stress, and cerebral specialization. His recent interests have included pressure as a form of stress and the technology of textbooks. He is also the co-author of Psychology Applied to Modern Life (Wadsworth, 2006) and the creator of an educational CD-ROM titled PsykTrek: A Multimedia Introduction to Psychology.
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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. Language and Thought. 9. Intelligence and Psychological Testing. 10. Motivation and Emotion. 11. Human Development Across the Life Span. 12. Personality. 13. Social Behavior. 14. Stress, Coping, and Health. 15. Psychological Disorders. 16. Treatment of Psychological Disorders. Appendix A: Answers to Concept Checks. Appendix B: Statistical Methods. Appendix C: Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Appendix D: Psychology and Environmental Sustainability: Conservation Psychology.

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