April 26, 2010

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

At times he has very interesting topics at hand and he discusses in a very logical and critical way of thinking.
However, sometimes he explains the materials in a way too academically--using lots of complex sentences in
a very fast manner that unless he addresses slower I can't understand. This is very important to me:
if I can't understand well, why come to class?
But I know from inside that he is a good teacher; I just don't understand him well.

The textbook "Psychological Science" by Gazzaniga is a very good book to read, by the way. Always get me
spending time for the reading for about six hours in a row (of course during the exam season, but that helps me A LOT
to stay focused.) The book covers all you need to know as the broad picture of psychology. It always is supports
by rich amount of researches--making the materials more scientific. Also the real-world psychology sections are
real punches.

Workload:

3 Writing Assignments.
6 Credits of research participation (three hours in sum)
3 Exams--one of each covers 4-5 independent chapters of the book.