Review Comment

[PSYC W1420] Experimental Psych: Human Behavior

July 01, 2019

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1420] Experimental Psych: Human Behavior

I would avoid her at all costs.

The best thing I can say about this course is the textbook is awesome. It is informative and well structured.

The TA's can be nice, and I was fortunate to have a good one, but they grade harshly. Their grading is unfair. It can at times be technically correct when they mark you down, but often times it is done when any fair and rational person would have said the totality to the answer was accurate.

What is very disturbing to me about the testing, grading and the professor are the following two things:

1) Exams are never returned, hence you can never learn from your mistakes. You get 5 minutes to look them over. If you didn't know it for the quiz/exam/midterm you should go back and review all material until you fix the unknown problem? The TA's at Lindemann's direction, act in a pejorative way. Harshly grading and no opportunity to learn from your mistakes.

2) At the end of the semester I brought two specific items from the exam and the midterm, that I and others remembered were marked down in contravention to her teachings during the year, to Professor Lindemann for review, she did the following:
Claimed she didn't have any of the tests from the semester.
Could not produce any of the blank tests.
Would not look for any of the blank tests. Claimed her computer was broken.
Made no attempt to meet at a later date with the actual exams in hand.
Dismissed out of hand any questions I had about question structures and grading. "That couldn't be."
Told me I and the others were wrong, without any investigation whatsoever.
When I informed her twice that my TA had suggested I bring this to her attention, she gave me a blank stare,
and then said it couldn't be, must be a mistake. Twice, once for each question, sitting there looking her in the
eyes telling her I had reviewed it with my TA and they said my complaint was valid and to bring it too her
attention.
Told me it had to be my fault or my misunderstanding. Even though, my TA agreed with me, and the others I
spoke with told me the exact same story.
Blamed me for not asking questions during the exam, when I didn't understand a question. Even though I not
only understood the question, but believe I answered correctly.

So a Professor who spent almost an entire class on the scientific approach, had zero interest in anything I might be able to add and point out. She possessed zero scientific curiosity, empathy, or desire to address grievances I and others had regarding the testing.

I would avoid her at all costs.

Workload:

Moderate to heavy.

December 18, 2008

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1420] Experimental Psych: Human Behavior

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

I had her for a thinking and decision making lab. Thank god the lectures were posted online, her 2-hr a week class was enough to make you wish you want to cry and/or hit things. I swear I didn't learn anything during lecture that I couldn't have taught myself. The lab assignments are also totally unrelated to anything that goes on in class, but you're expected to learn things for lab on your own anyway. The class requires a lot of patience and a really good TA. Don't study too much for it, you'll just be mad at yourself if you do (and you'll probably do worse).

Workload:

Medium-load, randomly worded midterms that had really low averages, arbitrarily graded lab reports

May 19, 2004

Magnuson, James
[PSYC W1420] Experimental Psych: Human Behavior

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

Professor Magnuson certainly tried hard to make his class accessible (master web site for all relevant info, available powerpoint lectures), but this is a course that's desperately in need of a subject. There's no theory to be learned, just a whole semester devoted to lab technique, experimental construct, and other topics that are usually found within the first two chapters of any real science textbook. And the time devoted to statistics was simply insult to injury - psych majors already have a stat. requirement! Two of the three labs were devoted to language and memory, Prof. Magnuson's specialty, but he didn't take the time to teach any of the theory behind them. Thus, writing the lab reports was about as fun as chewing broken glass. I don't blame Professor Magnuson, he certainly tried hard, but someone needs to inject substance into this course if it has any hope of survival.

Workload:

3 lab reports, multiple-choice midterm & final (since the topics are so superficial, the tests are mostly jokes)

May 04, 2004

Magnuson, James
[PSYC W1420] Experimental Psych: Human Behavior

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

I really felt bad for him, he really is a nice guy but not a good teacher. I went to all his lectures and always left more confused. He doesn't have good examples and usually cannot answer questions.

Workload:

a lot of boring work. 3 lab reports (around 14pgs each) a mid term and a final. You HAVE to read and study the book on your own because nothing is explained to you in class or lab.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W1420: Experimntl Psych-Humn Behavior Patricia Lindemann 2012 Fall M / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W1420: Experimntl Psych-Humn Behavior Patricia Lindemann 2011 Spring M / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W1420: Experimntl Psych-Humn Behavior Patricia Lindemann 2009 Fall M / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC W1420: Experimntl Psych-Humn Behavior James Magnuson 2004 Spring M / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1