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[PSYCH S3225] Psych/Neuroscientific Approaches to Attention: The Wandering Mind

May 12, 2013

Buhle, Jason Silver_nugget
[PSYCH S3225] Psych/Neuroscientific Approaches to Attention: The Wandering Mind

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Jason Buhle is WONDERFUL. The best professor I have ever had. That kind of review is extremely hard to get it, especially when leading a seminar. I have never experienced another professor that comes close to how dedicated and enthused Jason is about his class and his subject.

I would recommend ANYTHING this man teaches because you will learn so much and enjoy every class. He expects a lot out of you but has every right to do so because he puts so much into each and every one of his classes and assignments.

Truly an enjoyable person and teacher. TAKE HIS CLASSES.

Workload:

A lot. This is not a class you want to take if you aren't looking to actually learn and be challenged. If you want to learn a lot and develop your ability to think critically and analyze scientific literature, this is the class for you!

May 02, 2013

Buhle, Jason Silver_nugget
[PSYCH S3225] Psych/Neuroscientific Approaches to Attention: The Wandering Mind

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I took the Wandering Mind senior seminar with Jason, and I'd highly recommend him. He's very accessible, organized, and great at facilitating class discussion. The class was challenging, but he is really great about providing weekly feedback on your progress so to me that was really motivating in doing my coursework.

We got an email every week with a score on our class participation and our blog posts about that week's article. He really cares about his students and takes the time to make sure they feel appreciated. Take a class with him!

Workload:

2-4 fairly intense journal articles a week, and you have to write a blog post synthesizing them. Class participation is graded. Final paper is a unique research proposal and you have to present your proposal to the class.

Definitely fairly intense in the coursework, so don't take this course unless you are interested in the material and have the time.

August 27, 2012

Buhle, Jason Silver_nugget
[PSYCH S3225] Psych/Neuroscientific Approaches to Attention: The Wandering Mind

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Prof. Buhle clearly cares about his students. He is always available to meet and discuss anything, for a lengthy amount of time. This course was very discussion-based - we were assigned ~4 articles to read, and a discussion leader would lead the conversation. The articles were very interesting and really helped form a cohesive understanding of the wandering mind, although there could have been more direction regarding how the discussion leaders each class should have conducted the discussions, which were not always well organized and depended too much on the student leader. After each class, Prof. Buhle emailed a grade for class participation and our blog posts, with comments; at first this was slightly nerve-wracking, but I later appreciated it because Prof. Buhle would clarify what he expected from us and how we could improve, and it was helpful to get so much individual attention.
He is passionate about the topic and knowledgeable - it's his area of focus in research - and we learned a lot about the wandering mind, while developing other "seminar skills" like analyzing a journal article and organizing a good oral presentation.

Workload:

note: this was a summer course
- 4 articles to read before each class
- attend a meditation course somewhere in the city
- class participation 25%
- blog posts (500-1000 words) responding to the articles 25%
- discussion leader, to guide/teach one class 5%
- research proposal on a novel idea for a study 30% (= 15% for 15 minute oral proposal & 15% for 6 page written proposal)
- peer reviews on everyone else's oral proposals 15%

August 11, 2012

Buhle, Jason Silver_nugget
[PSYCH S3225] Psych/Neuroscientific Approaches to Attention: The Wandering Mind

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PSYCH SQ3225: Wandering Mind

This seminar is a fascinating scientific inquiry into the wandering mind that seizes undivided attentions. Readings range from developmental psychology, cognitive studies, to neuroscience providing a much appreciated assortment of perspectives on the topic. More than knowledge is gained; as the academic rigor of this course is balanced only by the value Professor Buhle places on cultivating every student’s ability to read and reason through diverse research studies with sound, cogent analysis. The intellectual tide rises to such a supportively high level that each student floats to scholar status by the course end. I highly recommend this seminar.

Workload:

Given the quick pacing of the summer session, the workload can be intense at the end; but much is gained for the sake of enduring knowledge.

August 03, 2012

Buhle, Jason Silver_nugget
[PSYCH S3225] Psych/Neuroscientific Approaches to Attention: The Wandering Mind

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PROFESSOR PROS--Jason Buhle is a young, smart, (cute! but married lol, so don't get too excited) professor who is straightforward with what the class requires.
1) As this is a seminar, participation is a large part of the grade, so after each class he'll email you with a participation score and his reasons for that session, which I personally loved. While this might seem initially stressful, ultimately it keeps you on your toes and makes you work harder so it's actually good for your grade (MUCH better than when professors just give you a subjective participation grade from what they happen to remember at the end of the semester.)
2) Super approachable. You know those profs who are difficult or intimidating to have a one-on-one convo with them? Not this guy, will help you with concerns and tell you how you can do better.
3) Lays out exactly what he expects. EX: for the power point presentation requirement, he spent a good 20-30 minutes of class time giving tips for power point and public speaking dos/donts.

PROFESSOR CONS--Can be a little dry. Not monotone-voice boring though.

MATERIAL PROS--It's about why the mind wanders--a fundamentally interesting and universal topic. Don't need to purchase any books, all assigned articles are on courseworks.

MATERIAL CONS--Readings can be kind of dense because you're really gonna go into neuroscientific and psychological frameworks (with detailed experiments and methodology) about why attention falters. This ain't Intro to Psych folks.

Workload:

1) 3-4 heavy articles per session
2) participation--discuss in class (you pick one session to lead discussion.)
3) power point presentation
4) 6 page final paper
5) peer reviews of classmate's presentations

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