No higher compliment need be paid than to say - as one reviewer recently did - that this is the text by which all others for the course are measured. Since the first edition of this book appeared, professors have praised Weiten's scholarship as exemplary and the accessibility of his prose as unparalleled. This is the text that redefined the way Introductory Psychology is taught by using integrative themes to develop the connections among different areas of psychological research. And now, with this Fourth Edition, Weiten again raises the bar a notch higher for competitors. Not only has he continued to refine and improve his fine text, but Weiten has developed an exciting multimedia CD-ROM for the course, giving instructors a new, engaging way to teach and students an interactive way to learn. Now, Weiten not only explains the interdependent links between research and applications, but he gives students a fascinating way to explore psychological concepts through experiments and activities included on the "PsycTrek" CD-ROM. Using integrative themes to emphasize connections among different areas of research in psychology, Weiten challenges students to grapple with the big issues and tough questions while mastering the basic concepts of psychology. Throughout the Fourth Edition, Weiten emphasizes the unity in psychology's intellectual heritage (the themes), as well as psychology's immense diversity (the variations). Long after your students have completed their final examinations, they will retain a genuine understanding of the basic ideas about psychology and behavior.
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"Since the first edition, I have thought that Weiten set a standard for introductory psychology, and [the new edition] makes me feel the same way." "In describing it to a colleague, I would emphasize the quality of the writing (how readable it is), the quality of the graphics (how clear and consistent they are), and the balance between research and application (how it appeals to both majors and non-majors)." "There is an enthusiasm in Weiten's writing. This is at the heart of good teaching, and it is essential if we are going to encourage good students to pursue psychology further." "The unifying themes provide a nice connection from chapter to chapter and also promote questions from the students about other disciplines from across the campus. These themes really put forth the notion that the disciplines across the college are not isolated, but interrelated." It seems that almost every page included a new, recent reference. The author must have spent the last couple of years doing nothing but reading the journals. Terrific!
Table of Contents
Part 1. The evolution of psychology. From Speculation to Science: How Psychology Developed. Psychology Today: Vigorous and Diversified. Putting It in Perspective: Seven Key Themes. Application: Improving Academic Performance. Part 2 The research enterprise in psychology. Looking for Laws: The Scientific Approach to Behaviour. 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. Application: Finding and Reading Journal Articles. Part 3. The biological bases of behaviour. Communication in the Nervous System. Organization of the Nervous System. Looking Inside the Brain: Research Methods. The Brain and Behaviour. Right Brain/Left Brain: Cerebral Laterality. The Endocrine System: Another Way to Communicate. Heredity and Behaviour: Is It All in the Genes? Putting It in Perspective. Application: Thinking Critically About the Concept of "Two Minds in One." Part 4 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. Our Other Senses. Putting It in Perspective. Application: Thinking About Art and Illusion. Part 5. 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. Application: Addressing Practical Questions About Sleep and Dreams. Part 6. Learning through conditioning. Classical Conditioning. Operant Conditioning. New Directions in the Study of Conditioning. Observational Learning. Putting It in Perspective. Application: Achieving Self-Control Through Behaviour Modification. Part 7 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. Application: Improving Everyday Memory. Part 8 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. Application: Understanding Pitfalls in Reasoning About Decisions. (Part contents).
Psychology: Themes and Variations by Wayne Weiten
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