December 09, 2007

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Ignore the previous two reviews. Rakitin gives 35% A's, and rarely fails people, which is saying something in a class of 200 that fills up every semester. I was initially predisposed to judge him harshly because he has a ponytail down to his derriere and because his first lecture seemed too close to the text, but I was completely wrong. He's one of the most articulate people you will ever meet and his lectures get more fascinating every week. You won't want to miss them. The tests aren't bad at all because they only cover what's in the textbook, and there's virtually no graded homework. The final is just another unit test (no cumulative test) and anyway the material covered in his class offers so much insight into the human mind that you'll wish they'd drilled it into you more heavy-handedly. I've never gone to one-on-one with him but I hear he's great. A word of advice, though; get the three hours of experiment participation out of the way early so you don't end up doing shock experiments at the hands of grad students on a Saturday night on the weekend before finals, as I did.

Workload:

Three scantron tests, each covering five or less chapters of the textbook verbatim, three written assignments each two pages double spaced, three hours of participation in graduate research due at the end of the semester