professor
Joshua New

Dec 2020

For context, I took this as an intensive class completely virtually. I almost didn't take the class because of the poor reviews but I found them to be too negative and not entirely true. The class might have been more relaxed virtually - we didn't even have a final. Prof New was nice and would sometimes drop questions on quizzes that people got wrong. Lectures were fine, maybe not the most fascinating but decently engaging. Quizzes were all multiple choice on Canvas and just required understanding of the "fair game" sheet which you can fill in from lectures or textbook. I'd say take the class if you want to but don't go out of your way to take it.

May 2019

Don't take this class. He's awkward and doesn't know how to teach and writes unnecessarily difficult tests for no good reason. I didn't listen to the people who warned me. The final is cumulative, and he will say it's not. this is a lie.

May 2019

This class sucks. He is the worst teacher and he does not know what he is talking about so I can't know what he's talking about. He makes horrible jokes and tries to put pictures of pop culture to grasp our attention. Josh, if you're reading this, I couldn't give less of a crap that you're originally from California and moved to Connecticut. My favorite part of the class is the elderly man who sits in the back, who is probably a cognitive psychologist himself and is there for a good laugh. Don't take it if you care about yourself; take it if you want to online shop and don't want to understand your tests.

May 2019

This class sucks. He is the worst teacher and he does not know what he is talking about so I can't know what he's talking about. He makes horrible jokes and tries to put pictures of pop culture to grasp our attention. Josh, if you're reading this, I couldn't give less of a crap that you're originally from California and moved to Connecticut. My favorite part of the class is the elderly man who sits in the back, who is probably a cognitive psychologist himself and is there for a good laugh. Don't take it if you care about yourself; take it if you want to online shop and don't want to understand your tests.

May 2019

Please do not waste your time with this class. Joshua New just isn't a good teacher and i'm sorry. A lost cause, wasn't even that easy, and SUPER boring! - he tries to be funny... - and i don't believe he knows what he is talking about so yeah why is he even teaching here?

Apr 2019

Look, this class is not that hard and JNew is a nice guy. However, he is a terrible teacher. Truly terrible. You will be bored in lecture and struggle to learn anything from him. This class is basically just learning the info from the slides / text before the tests. I would not recommend.

Apr 2018

I literally looked up this guy's lab just to make sure he was actually legit. Turns out he can run a cognition lab, but the dude can't freaking teach. There is really no reason to show up to class unless you want to listen to an incoherent lecture and New laughing at his own jokes. Every time I tried to pay attention, I would just end up imagining all of the shit I could have done while he was giving a shitty explanation for a term as simple as "category." He gives you this fair game sheet that you can memorize before the exams, but make sure to read through the all of the Powerpoints too. He's a sneaky guy when it comes to his test questions where one little word in the answer makes the answer right or wrong. Honestly this class just assesses on whether you can figure out New's cryptic questions and then you feel like shit after because New has "gotcha" again with his stupid exam questions.

May 2016

Cognitive Psychology with Professor New was fine - honestly, typical for a 1000 level Barnard psychology course. Although I attended all but two classes during the semester, most of my studying came from the textbook. Since he's pretty incoherent as a lecturer, the only way to understand how the material fits together is to read the textbook (you don't need to memorize the chapters though!). If you have questions, it's best to ask in office hours because he gets a bit snippy during class when people raise their hand. Although the exams are poorly worded and require a decent amount of studying, it is completely possible to do well. On a more positive note, Professor New provides a "fair game" sheet about a week in advance of each exam, which includes all of the relevant terms. Again, you should read the sections in the textbook to get a full picture of the concept, but the "fair game" sheets are definitely sufficient (in other words, you don't need to memorize everything in the book or on the powerpoints). tl;dr Cognitive isn't a particularly good class and Professor New is honestly pretty annoying as a person), but a fine way to fulfill the Group A requirement.

Dec 2014

Professor New's Class was extremely fair and predictable. I thought the questions were sometimes phrased a bit confusing but if there was a majority problem with particular questions, he would look into it and sometimes just get rid of it. He was really nice and he knows his material really well. If you go to class and study the book, it shouldn't be difficult to keep up. It struck me as a classic psych course at Barnard which, if you are a psych major, you should be used to.

Nov 2013

DO NOT. DO NOTTTTT TAKE THIS CLASS. I was a freshman when I took this class and I am psychology major now. I can honestly say this is the worst class I will probably take in my four years. It was so disorganized, confusing, and mind-numbingly boring. Granted, the curve was gracious. But in the end, that did not make up for the stress I went through before the midterm and final. Just don't do it. Don't. DO NOT.

Apr 2013

Meh. Josh New pretty much lectures completely from slides which he uploads to Courseworks, so while the class is pretty blah, it's also easy and barely any work. He tries to make the lectures interesting with video clips and visual aids, but he's not the best lecturer. I got the feeling that he wasn't very confident. His nervous laughter was really annoying by the end of the semester. He also says/does a lot of stupid things, like giggle nervously and skip over slides about child development and breastfeeding (seriously, if you are a married scientist who's teaching at a women's college and are too awkward to show a slide on breastfeeding, you've got problems). He also showed a graph for one lecture that showed a high percentage of disapproval in the US of interracial marriages in the 1960s. He was really surprised by this data because he thought the 60s were all about "peace, love and understanding" *nervous giggle.* Dude, the 60s were not a peachy time for race relations. Could be worse, though.

Dec 2012

I have never felt the need to write a culpa review before taking a class with New. I am a senior and can say with confidence that he is the worst professor I have had at this school. I took his course, the Psychology and Philosophy of the Human Experience, which is co-taught with Professor John Morrison. I really wouldn't recommend the class, but that is mostly because I would NEVER recommend any course in which Professor New involved. Teaching: He has a powerpoint for every class which is comprised of roughly 70-100 slides. Of course he can't get through all of them, so he spends a majority of the class contemplating which slides to include and which to omit, mostly by asking Professor Morrison, a philosophy professor, what he thinks (as if he would know). The slides that he does cover he might as well skip. I would say I actually know less about psychology after taking this class, as much of what he said just confused me. His knowledge of psychology is either really lacking, or he is a really good psychologist who can't teach. Exams: Extremely unfair. You might as well not look at his fair game sheet because studying that information won't help you at all on the exam. I would say roughly 30% of the information on the exams was never covered in class and definitely not a primary focus of any of the readings (which are all rather long and boring, and I am a psychology major so if anything I should find them interesting!). The exams are all multiple choice, which I'm sure many people like. However, they are the kind of multiple choice questions where there could easily be 2+ correct answers, and sometimes it doesn't even seem like any of the choices are correct. I would say that this is just my personal struggle, except that the average on the exam, was a 75. For an intro level psychology, all multiple choice exam, I'd say that's pretty low. I honestly believe that students' issues with his exams are partly due to his inability to teach the tested material well, and primarily due to his inability to write exam questions. Want an example of the kind of questions you'll see? We learned during a lecture that there is a positive correlation between neocortical size and social group size of a species. One question on the final exams asked which of the following relationships are true. Two of the answers were wrong, answer (3) neocortical size and social network size answer (4) neocortical size and average group size. I would say that that question is unfair, as are many of his questions. I really really really suggest not taking this class. It's such a shame because I went into it with a really positive attitude because I think we need more interdisciplinary courses at Columbia. But not this kind of interdisciplinary course.

Dec 2012

I wasn't that crazy about Josh, although it's hard to put my finger on exactly why. He is a pretty uninteresting professor, to begin with. He presents the material without much energy or enthusiasm, and his slides were so unorganized and endless that it was hard sometimes to figure out what you needed to study. He constantly went off topic and told long stories about weird pop culture psychology. I think we were about four classes behind by the end of the semester. I never really approached him about anything/went to his office hours, but he seemed approachable enough. The tests were so easy -- way easier than it appeared based on the "Fair Game Sheets." I reviewed the relevant chapters in the textbook and (occasionally) Josh's slides, and went to class (not really necessary), and I got an A in the class. The psych experiment project was fun, as was the extra credit where we got to write about a lecture. I hope he continues to assign these fun extra credit assignments.

Aug 2012

His intro to psychology class isn't too bad. Everything he says in class is on the midterms and finals. His slides are pretty useful, it is more important to go to class and write down what he says rather than skip class and read the slides/ textbook. Just remember his examples and ideas from the book and you should be fine. He also has a fair game sheet, but tends to give that only a week in advance (which may not be enough time to memorize 1/3 of a semester's stuff. Also, his final is cumulative.