January 13, 2006

Galanter, Eugene
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

I completely agree with the last review in that if you have not previously taken any courses in statistics, you will have absolutely no idea what he is talking about a great deal of the time.

The "quizzes" (exams, really) have the most ridiculous format I've ever encountered. Rather than select the 1 correct answer, you are supposed to cross off the 3 out of the 4 incorrect answers.

The review sessions held by the T.A.'s prior to each quiz are useless. The handout they give you which lists all of the topics and historical figures you should know to prepare for the test will simply be a waste of your time if you adhere to it, because half the topics on the review sheet won't even be on the quiz.

The lectures are terribly boring, with more than half the class not even showing up anymore after the first quiz and those that do either spend the 75 minutes IM'ing or playing solitaire. If you're lucky, every once in a while Galanter will crack a joke that is remotely funny but most of the time you will be bored to tears as he simply regurgitates from his own writings which are all circa 1962 and written in a fashion that make even the most intelligent student at times feel like an idiot.

My advice: don't walk, but run as far away from this class as you possibly can.

Workload:

Tons of reading, 3 open notes quizzes (which are NOT curved contrary to previous reviews), no midterm and no final. Also, 3 hours of required "experimental" participation.