Psychology: Themes and Variations, Briefer Edition
Shorter than Weiten’s big book, PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES AND VARIATIONS, BRIEFER VERSION, 8TH 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.
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