December 08, 2003

Galanter, Eugene
[PSYC W1001] Science of Psychology

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

Ok, I went into this class thinking (like the other 200+people) that would be an easy A as well as covering fairly interesting subject matter. I can honestly say that I was not satisfied in either respect. I only skipped two lectures, but in retrospect, there really is no point in going to class becuase he is very boring (albeit he does make some funny jokes, if that's what you're into) and unnecessarily concentrates on his own field of psychophysics. Overall a very dry class with way too much reader assigned that I don't think anyone ever did.

Workload:

Yes, the three quizzes are open book, but before you shout for joy realize that this will not help you at all. Questions (which are supposed to be answered by a mysterious "mark incorrect" method") are extremely tricky, confusing and 90% of the time rely on material that wasn't adequately discussed in class, and that reading would need to be done for. Also, you have to go to 3 hrs of psych experiments, which at the end turned out to be a sort of extra credit thing. I honestly don't know how many people will get an A in the class (after seeing my quiz scores, I wisely decided to play it safe and take the class p/f) but it is most certainly NOT an easy A. You've been warned.