Review Comment

Advanced Seminar in Personality Theory

March 05, 2008

Mischel, Walter
Advanced Seminar in Personality Theory

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It sounds like Professor Mischel's introductory class is less than stellar, but I would highly recommend taking his advanced seminar if you're a senior (or precocious junior) who definitely wants to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology.

First, I should say that this class is what you make of it. He will not force you to do anything; you have the entire semester to write one term paper. If you feel driven and motivated to learn how to write a good Psychological Bulletin-type review paper, this is a great class to take and Prof. Mischel will give you plenty of advice and guidance. He's a creative and brilliant researcher, so he will spend much of the class challenging your assumptions, critiqueing your writing, and trying to expand your conceptualization of psychology.

Many of the past reviews have commented on Professor Mischel being full of himself and lecturing only on his own research. In this class, we did have to read his 1968 book, but that would be par for the course for any seminar on personality theory. He is perhaps the most famous psychologist in the field of personality - you will see questions about his work on the psych GRE and on licensing exams. Nonetheless, I found him to be extremely kind, down to earth, and willing to help his students.

Workload:

One 20-page (approx.) research paper

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PSYC / PSYC PSYC PSYC G4630: Advanced Seminar in Current Personality Theory and Research Geraldine Downey 2004 Fall T / 10:10-12:00 PM 1