Psychology: Themes and Variations, Briefer Edition

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Cengage Learning, Jan 12, 2007 - Psychology - 631 pages
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Shorter than Weiten's big book by almost 200 pages, PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES AND VARIATIONS, BRIEFER VERSION, SEVENTH 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, PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES AND VARIATIONS 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 and variations provide unifying threads across chapters that help students to see the connections among different research areas in psychology. Integrative themes-including empiricism, theoretical diversity, socio-historical contexts, multi-factorial causation, cultural heritage, heredity and environment, and subjectivity of experience-are woven throughout the text to provide connections among the different areas of research in psychology. The book's dynamic, teaching-oriented illustration program further enhances these themes. Weiten reinforces concepts through exercises that appear at the end of every chapter. At the same time, the author presents topics in a hierarchical manner, giving students handles they can use to prioritize concepts within the chapter.
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Contents

The Research Enterprise in Psychology
32
The Biological Bases of Behavior
62
Sensation and Perception
96
Variations in Consciousness
136
Learning
168
Human Memory
204
Cognition and Intelligence
234
Motivation and Emotion
272
Treatment of Psychological Disorders
434
Social Behavior
466
Answers to Concept Checks
503
Statistical Methods
509
Critical Thinking About Internet Research Sources What Students Need to Know
517
Glossary
523
References
531
Name Index
2033

Human Development Across the Life Span
304
Personality Theory Research and Assessment
338
Stress Coping and Health
372
Psychological Disorders
402
Subject Index
2047
Credits
2063
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About the author (2007)

Dr. Weiten taught at College of DuPage and Santa Clara University. He currently teaches at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a trained social psychologist with a very strong quantitative background. His area of research is stress and health psychology. He has a PhD from the University of Illinois, Chicago; and an undergraduate degree from Bradley University.

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