Psychology: Themes and Variations, Briefer Edition

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2010 - Psychology - 768 pages
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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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About the author (2010)

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 co-author of PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO MODERN LIFE: ADJUSTMENT IN THE 21st CENTURY (with Dana S. Dunn and Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Cengage, 2015, 11th Edition). Weiten has created an educational CD-ROM titled PsykTrek: A Multimedia Introduction to Psychology and he recently co-authored a chapter on the Introductory Psychology course for THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF PSYCHOLOGY EDUCATION (Weiten & Houska, 2015).

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