February 18, 2007

Krauss, Robert
[PSYC W2240] Human Communication

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

I could write about how this is the worst class offered at Columbia for hours. It is a shame that Columbia offers such a course. If you are a SEAS student, avoid this class at all costs. In the beginning of the semester Krauss goes through powerpoints of sound graphs with the wavelength labeled as the frequency and when I tried to explain to him the difference between the frequency and wavelength he tried to play it off like I didn't know what I was talking about, which was an insult in front of the class. The material is totally subjective BS and has seemingly no scientific basis. Before the midterm I attended every lecture and studied for the test for hours. Confident in my abilities I took the test and thought I aced it. When I received a 50% I stopped going to class. My friend who is a psych major studied with me for the same amount of time and he got a 48%. Attending this class eliminated the minimal respect I had for psychology and actually made me dumber. Even psychology majors know this, or they have been brainwashed by the course or are just plain idiots. Krauss is unapproachable and seems to know very little science, even statistics. That's why all the experiments they discuss are biased in some way. The TAs are terrible as well. If you are full of BS and don't know science, you'll like this class and probably do well. Do the extra credit project. The paper was fairly graded and I got a 95 on it. As for the technical jargon, it isn't technical at all. It really doesn't mean anything scientific. These are all controlled observations that may influence you to think about a certain group under certain circumstances in a particular way. You will lose intelligence by taking this course and respect from your peers, especially me. I am ashamed I ever took this class. Nuff said.