December 29, 2008

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Rakitin is a fine professor. As far as Sci of Psych professors go he is pretty good. He presents the materials ok. His lectures are basically a dumbing down of the book, which you will be tested on it its entirety anyway, so there is almost no point in going to lecture. He is obviously very interested in his field and misses no opportunity to talk about his work with Parkinson's disease, so if you are into that kind of thing, great. The book he uses is very interesting, though, which is a plus. The truth is that it is not a very hard course and I wish we had learned more, but that's life.

Workload:

Very little. 1 Chapter of reading per week which you really only have to do before the exams. 3 written assignments which involve reading a fairly straightforward psych article and writing a 2 page review. Also you have to do 3 hours of participation in psych experiments which I think is just cool anyway. The tests are basically spitback out of the book so make sure you read it.