Professor Balsam is a wonderful, sweet man. While certainly not perfect at teaching, he is one of the most approachable and nice professors I have ever encountered. I'll admit, his lectures can be sometimes be incredibly boring and dry, but his unique sense of humor is what usually kept me going throughout class. He is very caring about his students and is always available for help or if you just want to meet with him about your grade. He is also incredibly resourceful...to those Psychology and Neuroscience majors out there, go to him if you are looking for labs, he will definitely hook you up with a fantastic lab at either Barnard, Columbia, or the Columbia Medical Center.

The course is not difficult at all and the material can sometimes be very interesting. Go to lecture and take notes, but in order to do well on his tests, do his study questions that he posts and read the book (and actually READ it). The book is heavy at times, but you have to put in the work to get the grade you want. Overall, a perfectly manageable class.

Workload:

Two midterms, a final (not cumulative), and some mini homework assignments sprinkled here and there that are super easy and are basically free points.