Psychology: Themes and Variations, 9th Edition by Wayne Weiten
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Weiten's PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES AND VARIATIONS, Ninth Edition maintains this book's strengths while addressing market changes with new learning objectives, a complete updating, and a fresh new design. The text continues to provide a unique survey of psychology that meets three goals: to demonstrate the unity and diversity of psychology's subject matter, to illuminate the research process and its link to application, and to make the material challenging and thought-provoking yet easy to learn. Weiten accomplishes the successful balance of scientific rigor and a student-friendly approach through the integration of seven unifying themes, an unparalleled didactic art program, real-life examples, and a streamlined set of learning aids that help students see beyond research to big-picture concepts. Major topics typically covered in today's courses are included, such as evolutionary psychology, neuropsychology, biological psychology, positive psychology, applied psychology, careers, and multiculturalism and diversity.
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Key Learning Goals, approximately 30 per chapter, serve as advance organizers that focus students' attention on important ideas and topics to be covered. The consecutively numbered goals are paired with a Review of Key Points at the end of each section to reinforce key takeaway messages. Research includes many topics that have relevance in students' everyday lives, from the Internet's pervasiveness in our society to coverage of the OxyContin epidemic, data on the association between exposure to media violence and aggression, findings on intelligence and IQ tests, and research on the relationship between social support and reduced mortality. Illustrated overviews combine tabular information, photos, and diagrams to provide a coherent synopsis of key ideas in the areas of research methods, sensation and perception, history, learning, development, personality theory, psychopathology, and psychotherapy. The book includes hundreds of visuals, including more than 40 vivid illustrations of the brain, neurons, and other aspects of physiology by award-winning medical illustrator Fred Harwin. The popular Concept Chart booklet helps students visualize the macro-level and drill down to the micro-level. The book balances a critical thinking emphasis with the applied, practical side of psychology. Critical Thinking Application boxes ask students to apply critical thinking skills to chapter-related topics, adding a more formal critical thinking element to the text. Complementing this feature are Personal Application boxes that offer practical information for use in students' day-to-day lives.