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[Psych W2640] Intro to Social Cognition

April 17, 2019

Heiphetz, Larisa
[PSYC W2640] Introduction to Social Cognition and [Psych W2640] Intro to Social Cognition

Nice prof, nice class, nice exams! She's pretty excited about the class and has an uplifting energy. Good class!

Workload:

2 midterms, final, random in class assignment (15%)

May 02, 2011

Sparrow, Betsy Silver_nugget
[Psych W2640] Intro to Social Cognition

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

This review is not going to be about prof. Sparrow's character and sense of humor - both of which are as pleasant as unrelated they are to the actual material. Social cognition as a subject is perhaps the most fascinating of all academic topics I ever dealt with, but this is largely cancelled out by boring lecturing style of prof. Sparrow and an unacceptably large class (150 students). Turning an interesting material into a boring routine is an academic crime and should not be rewarded by silver leaf.

That said, 2-3 days of studying should get you a good grade on any of the 4 exams.

Workload:

3 midterms (2 best count towards final grade) plus cumulative essay-style final (40%). As mentioned above, two to three days of studying just before any of those will most likely get you an A.

May 13, 2009

Sparrow, Betsy Silver_nugget
[Psych W2640] Intro to Social Cognition

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

Take her class! Honestly one of the best professors, if not actually THE best professor, I've ever had. Down-to-earth, really wants every student to do really well in the course (she actually told me during office hours that I should just skim the readings rather than read them all in full when I went to ask her how I could turn my 85's on exams into 95's), very accessible, chooses interesting topics for lectures, is refreshingly unpretentious and clearly loves what she teaches. She puts a lot of care and work into her class and always tries to be kind, fair, and helpful to students. She is fantastic (and I can be very critical of professors, trust me). She's also very understanding if you are sick or have a family emergency and need to take an exam late or come to office hours for help because of it.

Workload:

Reading: scientific papers that can often be skimmed if you're good at skimming, and she decided not to use a textbook for the course next time she teaches it, so you won't have to deal with the horrible textbook we had to read for the first half of the class. Three exams, nice curve, but her lectures do contain a LOT of slides and a lot of material, and I think a lot of the questions on her exams were difficult. You really do have to study and do at least some of the reading to do well on the exams, and I don't think you can do at all well in this course if you don't go to the lectures and just try to teach yourself from the slides the way lots of my friends did for Frontiers of Science.

April 27, 2009

Sparrow, Betsy Silver_nugget
[Psych W2640] Intro to Social Cognition

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

Prof. Sparrow is young, friendly and really intelligent. So easy to talk to! The material is fascinating and covers a selection of interesting phenomena that will have you wondering and thinking back to the course in everyday situations. She's funny and gives good examples.
The reading is not heavy and only some of what's on the list is required. Our test was hard once, but she was very reasonable about grading it so that things were fine in the end. In fact, the best thing about her teaching style is that she really wants you to understand the main issues and get the point and is not a sticlkler for details.

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