April 16, 2013

Rakitin, Brian
[PSYC W1610] Statistics for Behavioral Scientists and [PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

i had rakitin for both science of psych and statistics for behavioral scientists.

science of psych is an easy class if you go to class. you won't have to do any hw except two short papers (very easy) and you can cram-read the textbook (just focus on terms; it's all term-based) before the midterms and final. it's a really interesting class and he's a very good lecturer.

stats with him is different. his lectures are confusing. fortunately, the book he uses (levin & fox) is the most amazing statistics textbook or resource i have ever ever EVER experienced. it is incredibly clear and the only stats-book-video-resource-anything that focuses on conceptual learning

one thing about him is that his tests are usually poorly/confusingly-written. if you know the material well you should still be able to get a/a-, but you're leaving a little something up to chance

Workload:

listed above. science of psych: two midterms and final (non-cumulative), two papers (easy)

behavioral stats: problems sets weekly (easy), lab (annoying, but worthwhile afterwards), a midterm (easy) and a final (poorly written)