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Psychology Themes and Variations(with Concept Charts and InfoTrac)

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ISBN-10: 0534597696

ISBN-13: 9780534597696

Edition: 6th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Wayne Weiten

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Since the First Edition of this book appeared, professors have praised its visual presentation of concepts, accessible writing style, and solid research-based scholarship. PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES AND VARIATIONS is about the ideas and concepts behind the research studies. His straightforward style gets students to contemplate open-ended questions, examine their assumptions, and apply psychological concepts to their own lives. Wayne Weiten surveys psychology's broad range of content with three aims: to illuminate the process of research and its intrinsic relationship to application; to show both the unity and diversity of the subject, and to invite students to the study of psychology by respecting…    
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List price: $192.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/25/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 880
Size: 9.00" wide x 10.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 5.082
Language: English

Wayne Weiten teaches psychology and mentors teaching assistants 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 One and Two of the APA. In 1996-1997, Weiten served as president of the Society for Teaching Psychology. A trained social psychologist with a very strong quantitative background, his primary area of research is stress and health psychology. Weiten has also conducted research on a wide range of topics, including educational measurement, jury decision-making, attribution theory, stress, and…    

The Evolution of Psychology
From Speculation to Science: How Psychology Developed
Psychology Today: Vigorous and Diversified
Putting It in Perspective: Seven Key Themes
Personal Application - Improving Academic Performance
Critical Thinking Application - Developing Critical Thinking Skills: An Introduction
The Research Enterprise in Psychology
Looking for Laws: The Scientific Approach to Behavior
Looking for Causes: Experimental Research
Looking for Links: Descriptive/Correlational Research
Looking for Conclusions: Statistics and Research
Looking for Flaws: Evaluating Research
Looking at Ethics: Do the Ends Justify the Means?
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Finding and Reading Journal Articles
Critical Thinking Application - The Perils of Anecdotal Evidence: "I Have A Friend Who..."
The Biological Bases of Behavior
Communication in the Nervous System
Organization of the Nervous System
Looking Inside the Brain: Research Methods
The Brain and Behavior
Right Brain/Left Brain: Cerebral Laterality
The Endocrine System: Another Way to Communicate
Heredity And Behavior: Is It All In the Genes?
The Evolutionary Bases of Behavior
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Evaluating The Concept of "Two Minds In One"
Critical Thinking Application - Building Better Brains: The Perils of Extrapolation
Sensation and Perception
Psychophysics: Basic Concepts and Issues
Our Sense of Sight: The Visual System
Our Sense of Hearing: The Auditory System
Our Chemical Senses: Taste and Smell
Our Sense of Touch: Sensory Systems in the Skin
Our Other Senses
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Appreciating Art and Illusion
Critical Thinking Application - Recognizing Contrast Effects: It's All Relative
Variations in Consciousness
On the Nature of Consciousness
Biological Rhythms and Sleep
The Sleep and Waking Cycle
The World of Dreams
Hypnosis: Altered Consciousness or Role Playing?
Meditation: Pure Consciousness or Relaxation?
Altering Consciousness with Drugs
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Addressing Practical Questions About Sleep and Dreams
Critical Thinking Application - Is Alcoholism a Disease? The Power of Definitions
Classical Conditioning
Operant Conditioning
Changing Directions in the Study of Conditioning
Observational Learning
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Achieving Self-Control Through Behavior Modification
Critical Thinking Application - Manipulating Emotions: Pavlov and Persuasion
Human Memory
Encoding: Getting Information Into Memory
Storage: Maintaining Information in Memory
Retrieval: Getting Information Out of Memory
Forgetting: When Memory Lapses
In Search of the Memory Trace: The Physiology of Memory
Are There Multiple Memory Systems?
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Improving Everyday Memory
Critical Thinking Application - Understanding the Fallibility of Eyewitness Accounts
Language and Thought
The Cognitive Revolution in Psychology
Language: Turning Thoughts into Words
Problem Solving: In Search of Solutions
Decision Making: Choices and Chances
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Understanding Pitfalls in Reasoning About Decisions
Critical Thinking Application - Shaping Thought with Language: "Only a Naive Moron Would Believe That"
Intelligence and Psychological Testing
Key Concepts in Psychological Testing
The Evolution of Intelligence Testing
Basic Questions About Intelligence Testing
Extremes of Intelligence
Heredity and Environment as Determinants of Intelligence
New Directions in the Assessment and Study of Intelligence
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Understanding Creativity
Critical Thinking Application - The Intelligence Debate, Appeals to Ignorance, and Reification
Motivation and Emotion
The Motivation of Hunger and Eating
Sexual Motivation and Behavior
Affiliation: In Search of Belongingness
Achievement: In Search of Excellence
The Elements of Emotional Experience
Theories of Emotion
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Exploring the Ingredients of Happiness
Critical Thinking Application - Analyzing Arguments: Making Sense Out of Controversy
Human Development Across the Life Span
Progress Before Birth: Prenatal Development
The Wondrous Years of Childhood
The Transition of Adolescence
The Expanse of Adulthood
Putting it in Perspective
Personal Application - Understanding Gender Differences
Critical Thinking Application - Are Fathers Essential to Children's Well-Being?
Personality: Theory, Research, and Assessment
The Nature of Personality
Psychodynamic Perspectives
Behavioral Perspectives
Humanistic Perspectives
Biological Perspectives
Contemporary Empirical Approaches to Personality Traits
Culture and Personality
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Understanding Personality Assessment
Critical Thinking Application - Hindsight in Everyday Analyses of Personality
Stress, Coping, and Health
The Nature of Stress
Major Types of Stress
Responding to Stress
The Effects of Stress on Psychological Functioning
The Effects of Stress on Physical Health
Factors Moderating the Impact of Stress
Health-Imparing Behavior
Reactions to Illness
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Improving Coping and Stress Management
Critical Thinking Application - Thinking Rationally about Health Statistics and Decisions
Psychological Disorders
Abnormal Behavior: Myths. Realities, and Controversies
Anxiety Disorders
Somatoform Disorders
Dissociative Disorders
Mood Disorders
Schizophrenic Disorders
Personality Disorders
Psychological Disorders and the Law
Culture and Pathology
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Understanding Eating Disorders
Critical Thinking Application - Working with Probabilities in Thinking About Mental Illness
Treatment of Psychological Disorders
The Elements of the Treatment Process
Insight Therapies
Behavior Therapies
Biomedical Therapies
Current Trends and Issues in Treatment
Institutional Treatment in Transition
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Looking for a Therapist
Critical Thinking Application - From Crisis to Wellness--But Was It the Therapy?
Social Behavior
Person Perception: Forming Impressions of Others
Attribution Processes: Explaining Behavior
Close Relationships: Liking and Loving
Attitudes: Making Social Judgments
Conformity and Obedience: Yielding to Others
Behavior in Groups: Joining with Others
Putting It in Perspective
Personal Application - Understanding Prejudice
Critical Thinking Application - Whom Can You Trust? Analyzing Credibility and Social Influence Tactics
Answers To Concept Checks
Statistical Methods
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Evaluating The Quality of Web-Based Resources
URLs For Recommended Web Links
Name Index
Subject Index