Psychology Applied to Modern Life,
13th Edition

Wayne Weiten, Dana S. Dunn, Elizabeth Yost Hammer

ISBN-13: 9780357798010
Copyright 2024 | Published
672 pages | List Price: USD $237.95

The text students say they don't want to stop reading, Weiten/Dunn/Hammer's PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO MODERN LIFE: ADJUSTMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY, 13th edition, illustrates how psychology can help you understand yourself and the complex social world around you. Filled with comprehensive, balanced coverage of classic and contemporary research, relevant examples and engaging applications, the text uses psychological principles to illuminate the various opportunities you have in your daily life and future career. The text and associated workbook are highly readable, engaging and visually appealing, equipping you with a wealth of material you can put to use every day. Thoroughly updated, the new edition includes the latest research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also emphasizes diversity, equity and inclusion as well as experiences of people with disabilities.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Up-to-date reflection and research highlight the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and well-being of people around the world. Pandemic-related research published since late spring 2020 is reviewed and integrated into existing chapter topics.

  • The new edition includes an increased focus on disability and the experience of people with disabilities. Although disability is a form of diversity similar to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and social class, among other categories, few psychology texts make a concerted effort to review disability-related issues. The 13th edition of PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO MODERN LIFE is a standout exception.

  • Two new box features have been added to the book. Adjustment in a Diverse World helps students understand and appreciate how people differ from and complement one another's outlooks and experiences. Adjustment and Technology explores how the ever changing and advancing digital world affects us.

  • Updated learning objectives appear at the start of each of the sections in every chapter. These learning outcomes inform both instructors and students about the relevant skills and knowledge that can be acquired in the course of study -- enabling students to apply, analyze or evaluate related material and maximize their study time.

  • Supporting students' course success, the thorough end-of-chapter pedagogy includes a "Key Ideas" bulleted summary of the chapter's main points, a "Key Terms" list of important vocabulary, a "Key People" review of important thinkers and a practice test with answer key, enabling students to self-check their retention of key chapter content.

  • The 13th edition of PSYCHOLOGY APPLIED TO MODERN LIFE: ADJUSTMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY received a careful and thoughtful review for diversity, equity and inclusion. Following the recommendations of the 7th edition of the PUBLICATION MANUAL OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, the text now relies on gender inclusive language. For example, the singular pronouns "he" and "she" have been replaced with the plural pronouns "they" and "their". Similarly, the dated term "freshmen" has been replaced with "first-year students".

  • 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 references and indexes -- to enable easier access by students. Experiential exercises, questionnaires and personality tests help students better understand themselves and their attitudes toward a variety of subjects. These exercises are printed on high-quality perforated paper that students can turn in -- giving instructors the flexibility to assign them as homework.

  • "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 current releases.

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