December 19, 2012

Taylor, Kathleen
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Kathleen Taylor is the epitome of what I find distasteful about Columbia professors in large lecture courses: she is condescending, outright rude, and treats her students as though they are kindergarteners/generally inept as opposed to intelligent adults. She is not above completely ignoring you when you speak to her, brushing off your e-mails, or looking at you as though you have a mental disability when you ask her a reasonable, relevant question. She is pitiless when it comes to grading, and the TAs take themselves way too seriously. While Taylor is not a miserable lecturer (although there's never any sense in going, really), my personal experiences with her have been overwhelmingly negative. All in all, she's not the worst lecturer, but she's a pretty bad human being and she doesn't treat her students well, which makes her a pretty bad professor - don't expect any sympathy or even baseline respect.

Her exams are not overwhelmingly difficult, but getting an A is tricky considering there is NO CURVE in the class. (the A range is 90-100, B 80-90 and even if you have an 89.89, you still get a B+. Like I said, heartless).

If you can, take Lindemann for science of psych. She isn't a (forgive me) jaded bitch.

Workload:

three exams (drop one, each 30%), experimental participation (5%), research critique (5%)