Review Comment

Psychology of Perception

January 18, 2017

Remez, Robert
Psychology of Perception

If you want to just read the textbook or just go to class-- THIS IS NOT THE CLASS FOR YOU

You need to go to lectures and do the readings in order to succeed in this course. There is also a lot of teaching you will have to do for yourself on the textbook readings and the class is more theme based. That being said the lectures can be incredibly interesting and engaging. I truly enjoyed taking this class.

Workload:

about a chapter or half a chapter and an article per class/ three exams

December 13, 2016

Remez, Robert
Psychology of Perception

AVOID. An incredible lecturer?! Is the person below me insane?! This professor is awful, he doesn't actually lecture about course material and you WILL end up teaching yourself this course and putting in hours of studying for a mediocre grade. Hence, taking this pass/fail. The exams were impossible (75 questions in just over an hour) and he actively tries to trick you and make the questions impossible to understand with unnecessary jargon (just so you know, the class average on each exam was between a 62 and 65, and the class high was consistently in the 70s, so let that sink in). Don't be fooled by his apparent charm on the first day, it translates to nothing but irrelevant lectures with tangents that make no sense. Take this class only if you enjoy seeing your GPA die a slow death and listening to a 70-something man stand at the front of the class and talk in ridiculous jargon for an hour and 15 minutes while you profoundly question why you ignored this culpa review. And if on the second day of lecture, you are frantically flipping through your textbook trying to locate where his lectures are pertaining to, know that you are just one of many generations of Perceptioners before you that had no idea what was going on.
This man is a life ruiner. He ruins people's lives.

Workload:

3 exams non-cumulative.
You only have one GPA, take care of it.

April 14, 2015

Remez, Robert
Psychology of Perception

Professor Remez is an incredible lecturer.

If you absolutely, with no wiggle room, need to stick to the syllabus and have clear idea of what is relevant to the exam in every lecture, he may not be for you.

His lectures are more conversational and involved than powerpoint-style organized. Tangents are frequent, but always interesting. Questions at all related to the material are welcomed (though he may come back to it later if the class needs to cover a lot). Professor Remez is clearly passionate about not only his field, but about applications of his field in other disciplines.

If anecdotes help you understand concepts, his lectures can really help to lock down the information you get from the book. If at the end of the lecture you have a pile of unanswered questions, is office hours can either be getting bullet point answers to them all, or talking in depth about the ones you are more interested in/worried about. Either way, you lead the office hours how you want them to go.

It's not very difficult at all. All you have to do is be engaged in lectures, at least skim the book (though reading helps with context in lecture), and go to office hours a couple of times. The three midterms are pretty straight forward.

I would definitely recommend this class to any one who is passionately interested in psych, but not necessarily to those who are looking for a lab credit and are indifferent about the material. It's an amazing experience, but I can see how the lecture could be frustrating if you're not all that curious about the ins and outs of his field.

Workload:

Three midterms and the third midterm is the final. Non cumulative.

December 19, 2014

Remez, Robert
Psychology of Perception

This class was so boring to go to. I didn't have a problem with the material or the book, it was just going to class that was hard because of Professor Remez's lectures. He tries to sound super academic and scientific when he lectures but in reality, you could explain everything he says in a much simpler way. Definitely go to class because for every test there were a couple of questions directly from lecture where you couldn't find them in the book. If you want an A he tells you at the beginning that its going to be very difficult.

Workload:

3 midterms noncumulative

December 15, 2002

Remez, Robert
Psychology of Perception

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Professor Remez is an extremely engaging lecturer. While he sometimes goes off on tangents, his anecdotes do have a point and help you to understand seemingly impossible theories. He has a sarcastic sense of humor, and some students were offended by his use of four-letter words [and he did use the "F" word, if you're curious]. Sometimes his jokes cross the line - for example, when one student approached him with a question during an exam, he said something to the effect of "You need to study more." Perhaps he was not trying to be offensive, but comments like this can be offensive considering how much butt we all busted in this course. Remez kept my attention 100% of the time, and I learned more than I ever thought I could from this course. If you don't think you can deal with his antics, however, you will not enjoy the class.

Workload:

Tons of reading. The textbook is densely packed with information, but it's clear and repeats concepts over and over until they're drilled into your head. The articles int the course packet rannge from "fun, easy, and interesting" to "what the hell does this say?!" A short research paper for students not enrolled in the lab. He gives three exams that probably gave every member of the class an ulcer. Let me stress that you should probably take this class pass/fail. You will learn a lot, and the material is interesting, but I felt that the exams did not allow me to demonstrate my understanding of the material. That was VERY frustrating! No final.

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