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[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

May 13, 2019

New, Joshua
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

Don't take this class. He's awkward and doesn't know how to teach and writes unnecessarily difficult tests for no good reason. I didn't listen to the people who warned me.

The final is cumulative, and he will say it's not. this is a lie.

Workload:

3 midterms (he drops one) + final

May 12, 2019

New, Joshua
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

THIS CLASS IS TERRIBLE. He is the most incompetent human, constantly brags about being from Connecticut, and can't even read from his own slides. He tries to connect with his students over *fun* pop culture references, but his awkward laugh elicits nothing more than a cringe. He is unclear, has no idea how to teach, and writes TERRIBLE TESTS THAT DON'T MAKE SENSE. EVERYONE I KNEW IN THIS CLASS HATED HIM WITH A PASSION. I didn't listen to the people who warned me, but you should!!!!

He will call the final semi-cumulative. This is a lie.

Workload:

3 midterms + final

May 12, 2019

New, Joshua
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

This class sucks. He is the worst teacher and he does not know what he is talking about so I can't know what he's talking about. He makes horrible jokes and tries to put pictures of pop culture to grasp our attention. Josh, if you're reading this, I couldn't give less of a crap that you're originally from California and moved to Connecticut. My favorite part of the class is the elderly man who sits in the back, who is probably a cognitive psychologist himself and is there for a good laugh.
Don't take it if you care about yourself; take it if you want to online shop and don't want to understand your tests.

Workload:

3 midterms and a final! They're all boring and he's gonna tell you that the final is not cumulative. It is.

May 12, 2019

New, Joshua
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

This class sucks. He is the worst teacher and he does not know what he is talking about so I can't know what he's talking about. He makes horrible jokes and tries to put pictures of pop culture to grasp our attention. Josh, if you're reading this, I couldn't give less of a crap that you're originally from California and moved to Connecticut. My favorite part of the class is the elderly man who sits in the back, who is probably a cognitive psychologist himself and is there for a good laugh.
Don't take it if you care about yourself; take it if you want to online shop and don't want to understand your tests.

Workload:

3 midterms and a final! They're all boring and he's gonna tell you that the final is not cumulative. It is.

May 12, 2019

New, Joshua
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

Please do not waste your time with this class.
Joshua New just isn't a good teacher and i'm sorry.
A lost cause, wasn't even that easy, and SUPER boring!

- he tries to be funny...
- and i don't believe he knows what he is talking about so yeah
why is he even teaching here?

Workload:

3 midterms (1 gets dropped)
and then a semi-cumulative final

Not worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 24, 2019

New, Joshua
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

Look, this class is not that hard and JNew is a nice guy. However, he is a terrible teacher. Truly terrible. You will be bored in lecture and struggle to learn anything from him. This class is basically just learning the info from the slides / text before the tests. I would not recommend.

Workload:

3 midterms and a final

April 17, 2018

New, Joshua
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

I literally looked up this guy's lab just to make sure he was actually legit. Turns out he can run a cognition lab, but the dude can't freaking teach. There is really no reason to show up to class unless you want to listen to an incoherent lecture and New laughing at his own jokes. Every time I tried to pay attention, I would just end up imagining all of the shit I could have done while he was giving a shitty explanation for a term as simple as "category."

He gives you this fair game sheet that you can memorize before the exams, but make sure to read through the all of the Powerpoints too. He's a sneaky guy when it comes to his test questions where one little word in the answer makes the answer right or wrong. Honestly this class just assesses on whether you can figure out New's cryptic questions and then you feel like shit after because New has "gotcha" again with his stupid exam questions.

Workload:

3 midterms, a cumulative final worth 40% of your grade

May 09, 2017

Son, Lisa
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH THIS PROFESSOR! You will regret it. She is one of the worst lecturers I have ever had, and her tests are super convoluted and difficult. I was excited to take this class and have been considering minoring in psychology, but this class was honestly really discouraging. The lectures are disjointed and unclear, and it's extremely difficult to do well on the tests, even if you really study for them. The class had an average of about 70% (sometimes lower) on each midterm, and we would spend the entire class after getting them back debating multiple choice questions that she wrote and somehow refused to hold herself accountable for when they confused the class. She would argue with students extensively over the right answers to the questions and would become visibly frustrated when she was asked more than once about a question that the students didn't understand. She also gave basically zero partial credit on her short answer questions, which were always these bizarrely difficult graphs that meant essentially nothing and somehow took up a huge part of each test.

I had to take this class to fulfill my lab requirement because it was the only option that fit my schedule, but honestly I would really avoid it if you possibly can--it's just really not worth it to let this teacher basically ruin a subject for you because she's bad at what she does and doesn't know how to write tests. The class is also based almost entirely on your test scores, so if you're not comfortable with that, I consider that another reason to try and avoid this class. Added bonus--she's the chair of the psychology department, so there's really no one to talk to about her ineffective teaching methods and you basically just have to suck it up.

Long story short: spare yourself the trouble and the frustration of taking this class with Lisa Son. It's probably not worth it for you unless you have absolutely no other choice, as I did.

Workload:

Very light, but unfortunately that doesn't mean the class is fair. It's a reading every few weeks and a response, and a ridiculous number of tests: 3 midterms (30% each and she drops the lowest of the 3) and a cumulative final exam worth 40%.

May 16, 2016

New, Joshua
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

Cognitive Psychology with Professor New was fine - honestly, typical for a 1000 level Barnard psychology course. Although I attended all but two classes during the semester, most of my studying came from the textbook. Since he's pretty incoherent as a lecturer, the only way to understand how the material fits together is to read the textbook (you don't need to memorize the chapters though!). If you have questions, it's best to ask in office hours because he gets a bit snippy during class when people raise their hand. Although the exams are poorly worded and require a decent amount of studying, it is completely possible to do well.

On a more positive note, Professor New provides a "fair game" sheet about a week in advance of each exam, which includes all of the relevant terms. Again, you should read the sections in the textbook to get a full picture of the concept, but the "fair game" sheets are definitely sufficient (in other words, you don't need to memorize everything in the book or on the powerpoints).

tl;dr Cognitive isn't a particularly good class and Professor New is honestly pretty annoying as a person), but a fine way to fulfill the Group A requirement.

Workload:

3 multiple choice midterm exams and a cumulative two-hour final exam.

December 19, 2014

New, Joshua
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

Professor New's Class was extremely fair and predictable. I thought the questions were sometimes phrased a bit confusing but if there was a majority problem with particular questions, he would look into it and sometimes just get rid of it. He was really nice and he knows his material really well. If you go to class and study the book, it shouldn't be difficult to keep up. It struck me as a classic psych course at Barnard which, if you are a psych major, you should be used to.

Workload:

3 midterms. noncumulative

September 10, 2013

Son, Lisa
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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These rankings are misleading - I was hesitant to take this course after reading the reviews below but I ended up doing well in the class with not much struggle at all. The class exam average was normally around 80%, which she would curve to a B+. There are 3 exams and a final, and she drops your lowest exam. The questions are all very straight forward if you learn the lecture material, and Son was very generous in discarding any exam questions she though were unfair/students did not do well on. One of the few psych classes I got an A, and know many other students who got the same grade.

You do not need to buy the textbook. Just go to all the lectures.

Workload:

Not much, other than studying for the exams and final.

May 07, 2012

Son, Lisa
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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This class was pretty much miserable. I'm a psych major, and generally enjoy the psych classes that I take. It's one of 2 options that psych majors have to take (either this or Learning) to satisfy the requirement, and from what I've heard, neither is fantastic. The lectures were boring and the textbook was essentially useless.

The lectures were PowerPoints that she posted at the beginning of each class. We never got through an entire PowerPoint, so notes tend to be all over the place between lectures when she reposts slides at the beginning of the next lecture. Additionally, her tests are tricky and confusing (the average is about a 70 - she curves it to a B+, though).

When people asked questions, Professor Son either gave confusing answers or didn't seem to know the answer (or argued with the entire class that her answer was right, when it wasn't). It might just have been that she was having a tough semester, but the material was basically just intro all over again with harder tests.

Workload:

3 exams (she drops the lowest grade), cumulative final. Moderate reading, but the exams require a lot of studying.

April 29, 2012

Son, Lisa
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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No idea why the reviews of Professor Son are so mixed--feel like it's misleading. It looks like there was some sort of bad situation with her some years ago, but keep in mind she was probably very young then and she definitely has more experience now.

I think Lisa is awesome, actually. She's obviously into the material and she wants us to be into it too. In response to the review below, seriously, your problem with her is that she wants you to come to class and be engaged in it? OH NO, HOW AWFUL. I actually don't agree that she's the sweetest person in the world, I don't think she's incredibly nice compared to other professors, but she's nice enough and I think she can teach fine. Only critique is that her slides are pretty disorganized.

Oh also, don't even get the book. I only studied it for one of the exams, and that's actually the exam I did the worst on.

Workload:

three "midterms" all MC with one short answer, cumulative final. pretty easy but the wording of the MC questions can be confusing--and don't expect her to follow the "formula" of multiple choice (e.g. longest answer is probably right, if "A and C" is an answer it's probably there for a reason, etc.)!

April 26, 2012

Son, Lisa
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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If you're sitting there, thinking to yourself, "I need to do my lab requirement somehow, this can't be that terrible"...wrong. Lisa Son is a very kind woman. She is also one of the worst professors I've ever had.

At the risk of sounding overdramatic: scattered lectures during which you must write down anything and everything because random facts you thought were relegated to anecdotal time-wasting will rise from the dead to haunt you on exams. Powerpoint slides that make decent sense with the accompanying lectures, but none without. Posted on CW including slides with nothing but images, bullet points that do not stress main points, and confusing figures.

Professor Son had a good grasp of some of the material but not all of it, and could only sometimes respond effectively to questions. Even when an entire lecture hall was muttering in confusion after a particularly poorly-explained study, she simply moved on. In responding to questions she frequently cited results of vague studies, apparently unable to provide actual details about how they were found, by whom, when, etc. Dodged the question when called out on this. Son also missed several lectures for health reasons, and while I'm sympathetic to how difficult I'm sure that was for her, it was very frustrating for students as well.

The textbook is very clear, simple, and relatively interesting. No material from it will directly appear on exams. These will instead be composed of ambiguous multiple choice questions, some of which are legitimately impossible to answer (logic errors, the right choice is just not there, etc.). Consolation: after every midterm 25 minutes of class will be devoted to debating questions, correcting answers, and promises of regrading.

If you are very patient and not easily frustrated, this class may be fine for you. I never went to OH but I imagine Son was helpful during them--she did genuinely care about her students' success (and accordingly curves generously). If you're can't deal with lectures from someone who doesn't unambiguously and confidently express expert knowledge in her field, skip Son.

Workload:

3 midterms, lowest grade dropped. Cumulative final. Lab will significantly improve your grade if you put in a little time and effort.

May 10, 2009

Son, Lisa
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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While this class will teach you a lot of interesting information about memory/the brain/perception/learning, this professor is mediocre. If you go to class, she's fine. If you don't go to class and attempt to rely on slides, the class is utterly incomprehensible. The slides make absolutely no sense whatsoever, do not relay information, and have a lot of pictures that don't even show up. Sometimes I laugh out loud when I load up a Powerpoint and think, "Is she fucking serious?" when I see yet another slide containing combinations of letters or a diagram and NOTHING ELSE. Its like she's trying to punish people who don't come to class, or she just sucks at teaching via powerpoint. If you're a psych major you should probably go to this class.
That said, if you're not a psych major and still inclined to go to class and good at taking tests, the class is curved (working out to 14% currently) because the tests are confusing and a lot of people do poorly on them. It is, therefore, very possible to get an A while having a low-B by real-class standards. But the tests really suck. The short answer are graded harshly, multiple-choice questions are worded very poorly, and she makes you use ScanTron to boot.
Do not take this class unless you have to.

Workload:

Three midterms containing MC and short-answers which are graded unforgivingly, "reading," nothing else.

July 30, 2007

Finn, Bridgid
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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Brigid's lecture style is completely nonlinear which can make her difficult to follow. Her comments are not wholly relevant and she lacks the experience to really explain any of the key concepts in cognition or learning/memeory. Neither does she have the hard science background to answer biology or anatomy questions. In total she seems more of a compelling high school science teacher than a thought provoking university level instructor.
The exams she writes are taken right from quotes on her slides so if you don't remember (and can't regurgitate) the slides verbatim, you're out of luck.
By the second half of the semester one third of the class had dropped and another third skipped the tedious power point lectures on a regular basis.

Workload:

One 1 page discussion question weekly, two quizes, one midterm, one ten page research paper.

June 11, 2006

Pardo, Jennifer Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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She's a really straight forward professor.
The exams are just hard, but you can't change that.
People should stop complaining about her because she is really a great professor. She won't spoon feed you exam answers, and unless you're a baby, you won't complain.

She's young, approaches things with a fresh mind. The lectures are funny at times and nicely organized.

The best thing is her attitude. She is very approachable, frank.

Overall, a sophisticalted professor.

Now it's your choice to like that or not.
There were sooooo many kids in the class. I think that everyone who got a decent grade--that is 88% didn't write a review. So don't judge her, especially when the few low grades wrote reviews.

Workload:

Just the text. The exams are straightforward. Yes, hard--like EVERY psych exam in the dept.

Pray for yourself

May 28, 2006

Pardo, Jennifer Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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Even as a nonmajor taking the class for the science req, I really liked the class. The reading was not that dense & all from the textbook. The lectures were pretty good. Pardo tried to make them as interesting & funny as possible with varying degrees of effectiveness all semester. Also, looking back, you really don't ahve to take notes or go to class because all the notes you need are typed out on the slides which she posts after each class. What you do need to do is READ THE TEXTBOOK. I cannot stress this enough. I totally agree with the previous reviewer that the exams are impossible. She will ask you about the most obscure thing from the textbook. So make sure you have read it before the tests. They are as hard as a noncumulative test can be. The multiple choice is AP style, the type of trick questions that we all thought we had abandoned. The matching column is the matching column from hell because the relationships are extremely obscure AND there are an average of 6 words that are left unused. The short answers were generally straightforward. There are also a few extra credit questions which have a 1/2 point deduction if they are wrong. Hardly anyone finished early during the midterms. However, Pardo was pissed that the final was on the last day of exam period so she wrote an extremely fair exam which many people finished in about an hour. Pardo gives a hard class but if you don't slack off with the reading, you will do well. She also will give an A+.

Workload:

textbook reading (necessary to do well on exams)
3 noncumulative exams

April 11, 2006

Pardo, Jennifer Silver_nugget
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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This woman is sweet, fair, meticulous, and knowledgable. She even curved the grades for our exams. Still, her exams are horrible. She's new at Barnard and so she probably feels the need to prove that she's a good, tough professor. This causes her to create wordy exams that merely confuse the students. Everyone always needed more time by the end of the exam. No one really left very early. Perhaps everyone was going "huh?" as they tried to get through the exam.

The worst part, for me, was the matching part of the exams. She'd have words and you'd have to match them with something on the right column, but the categories on the right column were always obscure, no matter how much I studied. Her exams were reallllly annoying.

Her lectures kept me entertained, but I often saw others drifting away in their minds, chatting on AIM on their laptops or doodling.

Sure, she's organized and fair and tries to help you, but she doesn't realize how RIDICULOUS her exams are.

Stay away from this professor if you'd like a clear exam that you can study for, get a good grade on because you've studied for it, and feel good at the end of it all. What I mean is, no matter how much I study it seems that her exams are always wordy and confusing. She is indirect in her exams as a way to have students get mediocre grade and, thus, earn herself a reputation as a "tough" professor or exam-creater. She actually said it at the beginning, that her exams are really really really hard ... she prides herself in that.

But now that you know all this, perhaps you'll do way better than most of us are doing right now .... the median grade or mean is usually in the 70s, if not the low 70s. We'll see how that final exam goes.

Workload:

- 3 non-cumulative exams
- a paper (if you're not in the lab)
- weekly lab reports and an independent research project (if you're in the lab sections)

June 07, 2005

Son, Lisa
[PSYC BC1113] Cognitive Psych

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I really enjoyed the class--she focused on experiments related to what we were learning. She may not have been the most enthusiastic teacher, but she was organized, friendly, approachable, and interesting. What more can you really ask for without asking for everything? For her tests, know the experiments and you'll be fine.

Workload:

3 midterms and 1 final. Midterms: 40 MC 2 short answer questions. Final: around 50 MC and 5 short answer. You can finish the midterms in 20 minutes.

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