May 19, 2013

Lindemann, Patricia
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Don't believe the haters, Lindemann is an awesome professor. Not only will you learn the science of psychology in this class, you will also learn how to apply it to improve your everyday life. For instance, Lindemann will teach you how to wear red to make yourself more attractive, and to take your girlfriend to a scary movie on date night so that she will confuse her fear arousal reaction with love and like you more. Taking this class has totally given me the confidence to successfully hit on women, so it is obviously the best class I've ever taken. Lindemann also really knows her stuff and incorporates a lot of interesting analogies/examples into her lectures to make the material come to life.

All the whining about the difficulty of the exams/papers is completely unwarranted. Only one perfect score every few years? Please, what a load of crap. Out of the three papers I wrote, two got a 10/10. I never got a 100 on an exam, but I did get a 99 (someone in the class did score a 100 though, that douchebag). Not that you need such scores to do well, the final grade is curved so that 35% of the class gets As, so your raw score doesn't even matter.

The TAs as a whole were also not a bad bunch. Due to the size of the class, Lindemann has six TAs, and even though you get assigned one, you can drop in to see any of them. No doubt due to Columbia's emphasis on diversity, there was a very diverse mix of smart/nice/hot TAs, so you can definitely find one that matches whatever you're looking for.

Workload:

Moderate. Readings + lectures + three 2-page papers + three hours of experiment participation + three exams.