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Psychology: Themes and Variations : 10th Edition - Dr. Wayne Weiten

Psychology: Themes and Variations

10th Edition

Paperback Published: 2nd October 2015
ISBN: 9781305498204
Number Of Pages: 567

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Psychology: Themes and Variations 10th Edition, is a fusion of the full-length and briefer versions that preceded it. The text continues to offer 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 relationship to application, to show both the unity and diversity of psychology's subject matter, and to help students master the basic concepts and principles of psychology with as little struggle as possible. Weiten's themes provide unifying threads across chapters that help students to see the connections among different research areas in psychology. A dynamic, teaching-oriented illustration program - including new color-coded Concept Charts - further enhances these themes.

New to this Edition

  • Addressing the trend toward greater brevity in textbooks, this book is a fusion of the full-length and briefer versions that preceded it. Using the briefer version as a starting point, the author further condensed the coverage and then imported a variety of topics that formerly appeared only in the full-length version. The length of this tenth edition is closer to recent editions of the briefer version.

  • Over 1200 new reference citations reflect the most recent advances in the field. This thorough updating of research includes new discussion of the "missing heritability" problem, brain plasticity, whether face detector cells are devoted exclusively to facial recognition, a new estimate of the number of rods and cones, the link between sleep duration and academic performance, the extent to which excessive drinking is related to elevated mortality, the negative effects of physical punishment, the process of reconsolidation in memory, and a new way to estimate the heritability of intelligence.

  • Among many others, updates include new findings on sexual orientation, materialism and subjective well-being, threshold of viability, psychological factors that have protective value in diminishing the deleterious effects of aging, narcissism, how Facebook usage relates to loneliness and other aspects of well-being, why conscientiousness promotes health and longevity, the importance of early life stress in increasing risk for a variety of adult-onset disorders, and genetic and neurobiological overlap among depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism.

  • At the end of each chapter, the Reviews of Key Learning Goals, which were conventional, narrative summaries, have been replaced by more conceptual, concise, and dynamic Concept Charts. The Concept Charts are color-coded, hierarchically organized overviews that create "snapshots" of the chapters and allow students to see the relationships between ideas and sections.

  • The graphic design of the text has been refreshed and improved in a variety of ways to create a cleaner, less cluttered look that is appealing to read. In addition, the pedagogical value of the photos has been enhanced by pairing each one with an explanatory caption.



  • About 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 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).


    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: Sustainability

    ISBN: 9781305498204
    ISBN-10: 1305498208
    Series: Mindtap Course List
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 567
    Published: 2nd October 2015
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 28.4 x 23.6  x 3.0
    Weight (kg): 1.61
    Edition Number: 10
    Edition Type: Revised

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