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Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century, 12th Edition

  • Wayne Weiten
  • Dana S. Dunn
  • Elizabeth Yost Hammer
  • ISBN-10: 1305968476
  • ISBN-13: 9781305968479
  • 672 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2015, 2012, 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2018 Published
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About the Product

Filled with comprehensive, balanced coverage of classic and contemporary research, relevant examples, and engaging applications, this text shows students how psychology helps them understand themselves and the world. It also uses psychological principles to illuminate the variety of opportunities students have in their lives and their future careers. While professors cite this bestselling book for its academic credibility and the authors' ability to stay current with "hot topics," students say it's one text they just don't want to stop reading. Students and instructors alike find the text to be highly readable, engaging, and visually appealing, providing a wealth of material they can put to use every day. Brand new to this edition is the MindTap online learning experience, featuring an eBook, enticing activities that engage students in overcoming common misconceptions about psychology, animations that introduce key concepts, automatically graded tests for each chapter, and more.`


  • PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO MODERN LIFE: ADJUSTMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY provides a comprehensive introduction to the psychology of adjustment in a compact, 16-chapter format, complemented by a Personal Explorations Workbook.

  • The Personal Explorations Workbook is included in the back of the text (after the references and the indexes to allow easier use by students). It contains experiential exercises, questionnaires, and personality tests that allow students to better understand themselves and their attitudes toward a variety of subjects. These exercises are printed on high-quality perforated paper so that students can turn in the assignments.

  • "Recommended Readings" throughout the text serve as mini book reviews of the most influential self-help books published. The reviews cover classic titles as well as the newest releases.

  • "Learn More Online" boxes provide students with information on reputable sites that can be visited to learn more about various topics discussed in the text.

  • The thorough end-of-chapter pedagogy supplies tools that support students' success in the course. It includes "Key Ideas," a bulleted summary of the chapter's main points; "Key Terms," a list of important vocabulary; "Key People," a review of important thinkers; and a practice test with answer key, providing students with an opportunity for self-testing of chapter content.

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).

Dana S. Dunn

Dana S. Dunn earned his B.A. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia. He is Professor of Psychology and former chair of the Psychology Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Dunn is author or editor of over 30 books and over 150 journal articles, chapters, and book reviews. His scholarship examines teaching, learning, and liberal education, as well as the social psychology of disability. His Psychology Today blog on teaching is called "Head of the Class." He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and served as president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) in 2010. In 2013, Dr. Dunn received the APF Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching of Psychology. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Oxford Bibliographies (OB): Psychology.

Elizabeth Yost Hammer

Elizabeth Yost Hammer earned her B.S. in psychology from Troy State University and received her Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Tulane University. She is currently the Kellogg Professor in Teaching in the Psychology Department and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development (CAT+) at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Her work in CAT+ includes organizing pedagogical workshops and faculty development initiatives. She is a Fellow of Division 2 of the American Psychological Association and is a past President of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. She has served as the treasurer for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. She is passionate about teaching and has published on collaborative learning, service learning, the application of social psychological theories to the classroom, and mentoring students.

Table of Contents

1. Adjusting to Modern Life.
2. Theories of Personality.
3. Stress and Its Effects.
4. Coping Processes.
5. Psychology and Physical Health.
6. The Self.
7. Social Thinking and Social Influence.
8. Interpersonal Communication.
9. Friendship and Love.
10. Marriage and the Family.
11. Gender and Behavior.
12. Development and Expression of Sexuality.
13. Careers and Work.
14. Psychological Disorders.
15. Psychotherapy.
16. Positive Psychology.

New to this edition

  • Each chapter includes a new Spotlight on Research feature, which provides a detailed but brief summary of a piece of research. Incorporated directly into the text narrative, each study is presented in the conventional purpose-method-results-discussion format seen in journal articles, followed by critical thinking questions. By showing research methods in action, this feature is designed to improve students' understanding of how research is done while also giving them a painless introduction to the basic format of journal articles.
  • To increase the pedagogical value of the art program, each photo is paired with an explanatory caption; photos that were largely decorative have been eliminated.
  • Each chapter has been honed and pared by between 10% and 17%, creating an even more succinct text.
  • To increase the clarity of the chapter structure and facilitate lecture and assignment preparation, all major (A) heads are now numbered, both in the chapter-opening outlines and throughout the chapter.
  • Brand new to this edition, MindTap® is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today's students into critical thinkers. In MindTap®, each chapter begins with an enticing engagement activity that asks students to answer questions about four common myths about behavior related to the chapter content. MindTap® also incorporates 26 new Concept Clips, which are entertaining, animated, graphic overviews of important concepts, complete with audio narration.
  • MindTap® provides three multiple-choice tests for each chapter that can be assigned as practice tests or scored as low-stakes tests. Students' scores on the tests automatically flow into instructors' electronic gradebooks.


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

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1337111996 | ISBN-13: 9781337111997)

This detailed manual provides a thorough overview of each chapter and includes a wealth of suggestions for lecture topics, class demonstrations, exercises, and discussion questions, organized around the content of each chapter in the text.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1337112003 | ISBN-13: 9781337112000)

These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1337112038 | ISBN-13: 9781337112031)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap Psychology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Weiten/Dunn/Hammer's Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century  (ISBN-10: 1337112062 | ISBN-13: 9781337112062)

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Student Supplements

MindTap Psychology, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Weiten/Dunn/Hammer's Psychology Applied to Modern Life: Adjustment in the 21st Century  (ISBN-10: 1337112062 | ISBN-13: 9781337112062)

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