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Psychology: Themes and Variations, 5th Edition

  • Wayne Weiten
  • Doug McCann
  • ISBN-10: 0176721274
  • ISBN-13: 9780176721275
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2016, 2013, 2010
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

The Fifth Canadian edition maintains this book's hallmark strengths while addressing recent changes in the field, including references to almost 1,000 new articles and scholarly works. The last decade has seen a pronounced trend toward greater brevity in textbooks in psy¬chology, as well as many other fields; to this end, Psychology: Themes and Variations 5th edition manages to come in considerably shorter than previous editions. Engaging narrative frames relevant and contemporary examples that will capture and maintain the attention of anyone studying psychology in Canada. 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 and McCann deliver a successful balance of scientific authoritativeness 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.


  • Reality Checks - Each chapter includes three or four Reality Checks, which address common misconceptions related to psychology and provide direct refutations of the misinformation.

  • Featured Studies - Each chapter is accompanied in our online content by at least one Featured Study that provides a relatively detailed but clear summary of a particular piece of research. Each Featured Study is presented in the conventional purpose–method–results–discussion format seen in journal articles and followed by a comment in which we discuss why the study is featured.

  • Didactic Illustration Program - The results of this didactic approach to illustration are easily seen in the seven Illustrated Overviews that combine tabular information, photos, diagrams, and sketches to provide well-organized and exciting overviews of key ideas in the areas of methods, sensation and perception, learning, personality theory, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.

  • Integrated Running Glossary - This text handles terminology with a running glossary embedded in the prose itself. The terms are set off in blue boldface italics, and the definitions follow in blue, boldface type. This approach retains the two advantages of a conventional running glossary: vocabulary items are made salient and their definitions are readily accessible. However, the approach does so without interrupting the flow of discourse, while eliminating redundancy between text matter and marginal entries.

  • Concept Checks - To help students assess their mastery of important ideas, Concept Checks are sprinkled throughout the book. In keeping with the goal of making this a book of ideas, the Concept Checks challenge students to apply ideas instead of testing rote memory.

  • Key Learning Goals - To help students organize, assimilate, and remember important ideas, each major sec¬tion of every chapter begins with a succinct set of Key Learning Goals.

  • Offering personalized paths of dynamic assignments and applications, MindTap enables students to analyze and apply chapter concepts within relevant assignments, and allows instructors to measure skills and promote better outcomes with ease. A fully online learning solution, MindTap combines all student learning tools—readings, multimedia, activities, and assessments—into a single Learning Path that guides the student through the curriculum. Instructors personalize the experience by customizing the presentation of these learning tools to their students, even seamlessly introducing their own content into the Learning Path

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About the Author

Wayne Weiten

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).

Doug McCann

Doug McCann received his B.A. from the University of Waterloo and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. Following completion of his Ph.D., he did a post-doctoral fellowship at Ohio State University. He has been a member of the Psychology Department at York University since 1983. At York he has taught at the graduate level in the Clinical, Developmental, and Social/Personality programs and at the undergraduate level his current teaching interests focus on Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, and the Psychology of Depression. He has won a variety of teaching awards while at York University and has served in several administrative positions at York University, most recently as Director of the Graduate Program in Psychology at York University. His research interests focus on social cognition, the self, and information processing models of depression.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Evolution of Psychology
Chapter 2: The Research Enterprise in Psychology
Chapter 3: The Biological Bases of Behaviour
Chapter 4: Sensation and Perception
Chapter 5: Variations in Consciousness
Chapter 6: Learning
Chapter 7: Human Memory
Chapter 8: Language and Thought
Chapter 9: Intelligence and Psychological Testing
Chapter 10: Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 11: Human Development across the Life Span
Chapter 12: Personality: Theory, Research, and Assessment
Chapter 13: Social Behaviour
Chapter 14: Stress, Coping, and Health
Chapter 15: Psychological Disorders
Chapter 16: Treatment of Psychological Disorders

Appendix A: Answers to Concept Checks
Appendix B: Statistical Methods

New to this edition

  • Concept Charts for Study and Review - This Fifth Canadian edition of the text has incorporated summaries – Concept Charts – directly into the end of each chapters. In previous editions these Concept Charts had been separate booklets for student study. Designed to help students organize and master the main ideas contained in each chapter, Concept Charts provide a detailed visual map of the key ideas found in the main body of that chapter.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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