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[PSYC G4440] Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior (seminar)

January 03, 2017

Rosis, Svetlana
[PSYC G4440] Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior (seminar)

Professor Rosis is the bomb.com.
Sweet, gentle and loving.

Workload:

weekly journal entries
2 30 minute presentations over the course of the semester
1 in class midterm (open note)
1 final paper (10-15 pages)

July 13, 2008

Hart, Carl
[PSYC G4440] Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior (seminar)

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The worst class ever!! If you're not a PSYC major, don't bother taking the class (all my colleagues in my major + others did horrible when it came to final grades B- and lower). I did all the required readings, journal entries, aced the presentation, and still wasn't appreciated. What a Loser!! Oh well, we all live life to learn, good luck to all!!

Workload:

2 readings/wk + Presentation + Final paper on almost any topic you want

May 11, 2006

Hart, Carl
[PSYC G4440] Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior (seminar)

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Carl Hart, what a guy.

I took drugs and behavior with Prof. Hart last semester and thought he was interesting and a decent professor, but in this smaller seminar I really got to know him.

In the typical seminar-style, much of the class is student discussion, so Hart doesn't exactly teach, per se, but rather encourages a certain type of thinking. The atmosphere is very personal and Hart knows everyone's name. Class is 2 hours but really flies by. Just a fun time.

The class focuses on a different drug every year, so it's fun to learn about a single substances really in depth. Although, if you think you'll be bored by reading about rats every week, don't take it...because that's the majority of the reading. Yet, the discussion in class is interesting enough to make up for any boring-ness of the readings.

Workload:

Reading 2 scientific articles each week and writing a critique-- by the end this becomes really easy and you start to get the hang of it.
1 presentation on an article.
1 term paper (10-15pgs) on drug topic of your choice. It can be fun if you choose something cool.

I'd say an average amount of work, but all the assignments are really similar which can make them a bit tedious.

November 17, 2004

Hart, Carl
[PSYC W2460] Drugs and Behavior and [PSYC G4440] Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior (seminar)

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Hm, well I am not at all surprised that people so far either like him or hate him.
You will hate him if 1. You think you're going to get an A in the class 2. You think you know more about drugs than him 3. You like classes that you don't have to attend the lectures or 4. You hate assclowns (people who like to hear themselves talk during large lecture classes). If any of the 4 describe you, then don't take this course.

This course integrates neuroscience, psychology and sociology in a fascinating way. Yes, you must attend class. Most of the exams are based on his lectures.
Don't be full of yourself when learning the material though. It's harder then it looks, and his points are subtle, but well thought out. If you go and copy his powerpoints word for word, then you may have a hard time reviewing them because they don't explain every detail - you need to add in stuff he says in class when he explains his powerpoints. So yeah, he expects you to listen to him, and no, its really not that unreasonable. People who think they had to memorize the text didn't go to class and didn't realize that the study guide for each exam pretty much tells you what sections of each chapter you should read.
Once again, not a science class really, but not a sociology class either. Its just a class about drugs. Many people think he has ulterior motives when teaching - and that's true. But what professor doesn't? I tend to think that because he teaches about drugs, which has a lot of misperceptions and stereotypes that other people have a hard time getting rid of, people tend to get all angry and up in arms about what he suggests or says. He likes it when you question studies or argue with him, even if it pisses off the rest of the class (i personally think it makes the class entertaining and stimulating). He's also funny and engaging. He has the personality of a 20 year old, but he's about 20x as smart.

Workload:

2 midterms, 1 final (go to the classes, use the study guide to make review sheets, anything not in lectures is a section in the book he wants you to know), a few pop quizzes that are more like attendance records (so far only one wasn't open note or given forewarning for).

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC G4440: Topics-Neurobiology & Behavior Katherine Nautiyal 2012 Fall W / 6:10- 8:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC G4440: Topics-Neurobiology & Behavior Carl Hart 2012 Spring M / 6:10- 8:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC G4440: Topics-Neurobiology & Behavior Carl Hart 2010 Spring M / 6:10- 8:00 PM 1