professor
Kathleen Taylor

May 2021

Decent prof. Sounds exactly like Mrs. Puff. Wish she'd post the lecture slides before class so that you're not scrambling to write things down while listening to the lecture.

May 2021

Professor Taylor is one of the best professors I have had. I would recommend taking any class you possibly can with her. She's an engaging lecture, very no bullshit, yet still caring and empathetic. I learned a lot in this class and really enjoyed the practical application aspects of it, like the diagnosis portions of tests. Overall, the tests were not very difficult if you pay attention in class and take some notes.

Apr 2021

I cannot recommend this course enough. Lecture-based classes like this one work for me. If you show up to every lecture and pay attention, you'll do just fine. Prof Taylor is PHENOMENAL. Like, seriously, such a badass. She's one of those profs who doesn't take people's shit, but is still very empathetic and clearly cares about her students. You can't miss the Fridays, we do a group diagnosis. Named my houseplant after her cat Milo, who she references in many of her example cases. I learned SO much in this class, easily the best college class I've taken yet. I'm very eager to take more classes with Taylor if I can!

Feb 2021

I absolutely loved Professor Taylor! I would highly, highly recommend this class. It is almost entirely lecture-based, which I was dreading at first. But Professor Taylor is so funny and interesting, and also she's just a genuinely soothing and empathetic person in general! This class was the first lecture-based virtual class that genuinely was captivating and entertaining. Professor Taylor's multiple cats are also a real highlight. I'd recommend this class to anyone and everyone--majors and non-majors alike!

Dec 2020

I loved Professor Taylor! She was really understanding and accommodating of the problems that people face learning from home. This semester, we did not do three exams and a final. We took 7 quizzes over the course of the semester and the final was optional if we had not failed any of the quizzes. She uses personal examples to help learn the concepts in this class, which I personally found to be super helpful. Overall, this was a fun class with a small workload and I would highly recommend this class. The readings for this class were not difficult and not extremely time-consuming. Each quiz was on two chapters, so around 80-90 pages total, of reading. We were not required to do specific readings before class, just before the quiz on said reading. The last quiz was on three chapters. The discussion posts were not time-consuming either- reading the material and making a post took me around 30 minutes on average when I was reading well into the articles. Experimental participation is mandatory for intro psych classes at Barnard I believe, but it is spread out over most of the semester. The work took me less than four hours over this time.

Dec 2020

The whole course is laid out on the syllabus at the beginning of the semester very clearly. We never did anything during class other than look at PowerPoint slides, but Professor Taylor is funny and would tell us some stories, which made it more interesting. The material moves a little fast, but she's good with answering questions. She's very accommodating for students and changed due dates for assignments when people asked and let us have a 5-minute Zoom breaks in the middle of class. There are exams about every other week, which was a little overwhelming at first, but they're all multiple choice and Professor Taylor uploads study questions that are pretty much the same as what's on the exams. If you get a C or higher on every exam, the final is optional. Every week that doesn't have a quiz has a discussion post, where you have a reading or video and write a couple of paragraphs answering questions, then reply to 3 classmates. The discussion subjects were interesting, and you get full credit as long as you do it. There's one paper, but it's only worth 15 points and about 3 pages, and you shouldn't get points off if you answer all the questions. There are textbook readings too, but you don't really need to do them if you go to class. We also have to participate in psych experiments and get 10 credits. Check the website every so often and don't be too picky about which studies you do. Some people didn't get enough credit, but just fill out some surveys, and you'll be golden. Very straightforward, good intro class.

Dec 2020

Professor Taylor is by far the most understanding, empathetic, and informative professor I have had. While her lectures are a lot of material, she takes the time to ensure that you have an understanding of the material and uses practical examples to help you understand the concepts. She cares deeply for all of her students, encouraging us all to take our mental health seriously and she did her best to make this remote semester less stressful. At the end of each lecture, she posts slides with study questions at the end. Every question on her test comes from these concepts so if you do the study questions and understand them well, you will do well on these exams. The exams are very much based on lectures, so if you don't go you will not do well on the tests. Overall, an amazing class and an amazing professor. Take it, you won't regret it!

Dec 2020

I really liked Professor Taylor as a person. She has a great sense of humor which she sprinkles throughout her lectures nicely. That being said, I did not find her to be a particularly excellent lecturer. Her lectures were very bare-bones, held the minimal amount of information necessary to understand the topic, sometimes to the point where I would read my notes and not have any additional understanding of what she was saying. Most of the time, her lecture slides and information would be word-for-word from the textbook, but in a more convoluted way. You could probably get away with never going to a single lecture, but pass the class with flying colors if you read the textbook. There was really nothing special about Prof. Taylor in her teaching style.

May 2020

Professor Taylor was incredibly interesting and knowledgable. Obviously this semester was very complicated organisation wise but she really did her best to accommodate students and was very comprehensive. Overall she is a great lecturer and grades fairly. There is no secret to succeeding in the class, just attend lectures and put in the work.

May 2020

I am honestly shook at the amount of hate for Prof. Taylor. As a wee freshman, I almost did not take her intro class because of these scathing reviews. I am so fortunate I disregarded them. Prof. Taylor is one of the best profs I have had at Barnard. I took intro freshman fall and I FAILED my first exam with her, but she has a drop policy allowing you to drop one exam acknowledging people have test taking anxiety or bad days. I met with her in office hours and she could not have been nicer. I was super intimidated by the Barnard science requirement and she was the reason I ended up minoring in psychology. She showed me how to study for the following tests (mult choice strategies, how to write a scientific short answer etc) and aced the next three, earning an A- in the class. For Forensic Psychology (combo of how psychology and the law interact like psychology of judges, juries, lawyers, victims, assailants, etc), she not only brought interesting personal experiences to the table, but a host of thought-provoking readings. I took this class the semester of miss corona and Taylor could not have been more accommodating. She asked us how we would like to be evaluated, about our mental health, and was just overall a rockstar in keeping us all motivated and engaged in school when the vibe was bad otherwise. LOVE THIS WOMAN. Taylor for sure can be sarcastic and she is a very direct, cut and dry prof. But, she also deeply cares about what she teaches, and genuinely cares for students. 10/10 would recommend. ALWAYS go to class, not only is it worthwhile learning wise, but also where exam questions come from.

Jan 2020

TAKE THIS CLASS!! I cannot stress this enough. I took this class to satisfy a requirement, and had no background in psychology before this class. 1. Attend lectures. I noticed the numbers dwindling at times (especially when there's suspiciously more people during tests than there's usually at lecture). She posts the slides of the week every Friday, but I would go to lecture and pay more attention to what she says rather than frantically trying to copy down everything on the slide. She elaborates more on experiments, and often brings up good examples. 2. Complete the study questions. At the end of the slides for a day, she posts a series of open-ended questions that correspond with the lecture. As she tells you in class, these questions are basically the template for the test. Do these, understand them, and you will ace that test! (Textbook is pretty unnecessary except for maybe one or two questions that will appear on test). 3. Professor Taylor is witty and incredibly knowledgeable in her field. Highly recommend this class, ended the semester with an A.

Apr 2019

Uh oh. Don't take this class if you know what's good for you. Just.... don't. Grading standards are impossible-- if you miss one assignment you'll automatically be taken down to a not so savory grade. You won't just be studying mental disorders, you'll also develop one in the process.

Apr 2019

Uh oh. Don't take this class if you know what's good for you. Just.... don't. Grading standards are impossible-- if you miss one assignment you'll automatically be taken down to a not so savory grade. You won't just be studying mental disorders, you'll also develop one in the process.

Apr 2019

Uh oh. Don't take this class if you know what's good for you. Just.... don't. Grading standards are impossible-- if you miss one assignment you'll automatically be taken down to a not so savory grade. You won't just be studying mental disorders, you'll also develop one in the process.

Dec 2018

KATHLEEN TAYLOR IS A BAD TEACHER. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. honestly, her lecture style is not that bad, but she moves really fast and this is really her only pro. Her tests are impossible and significantly harder than any other intro psych class. She also makes you take textbook chapter quizzes which are a waste of time because they test in extreme detail and you don't even need to know most of the material from the textbook for the tests. She is very insensitive, and does not care about the needs of the students, she only cares about her own personal workload. Oh, and she doesn't curve! everyone I know in the class is pass/failing. That's not right for intro psych. STEER CLEAR OF THIS CLASS.

Nov 2017

I loved Prof Taylor's class! TAKE THIS CLASS if you like flexibility because she lets YOU choose how you want this class to work for you. We had 3 midterms and she gave us the option of either taking the final and dropping our lowest test score or keeping our 3 midterms and not even taking the final!! Her lectures are pretty okay... she follows powerpoint slides which are pretty boring but cover most of the material and then she gives us optional study questions after each powerpoint which are SUPER useful because she will NEVER test you on anything that's not on the questions. That being said, if you put in the work, you can do well in this class. Overall I liked her a lot, she makes jokes in class and always explains the concepts with lots of examples to help you understand. Definitely recommend her!!!!!!

Jun 2017

she is extremely rude and arrogant. her lectures are terrible- you can follow nothing- and the style of this class is bad. she makes you memorize useless diagrams THAT YOU NEVER HAVE TO DO IN THE REAL WORLD and stupid bullet points. overall, worst class I have ever taken at columbia.

Jun 2017

Overall, I liked Professor Taylor's Behavioral Neuroscience class. However, a few things to keep in mind: she's transitioning into a clinical career away from research, and is very busy, making her less accessible except for just after class. She's a good lecturer, but it's hard to interpret what she wants you to really know versus the flood of information that we got in class. The importance of some concepts were lost in the shuffle until we studied long and hard to connect the dots. She adds a lot of humor in her lectures and answers questions, even if they're based on an incorrect premise, and explains the answer she's giving. The way her tests are constructed force you to problem-solve through the mechanisms and why certain systems work the way that they do, which honestly is good overall. The tests are not easy--all short answers, and this can be both bad an good depending on which TA grades certain portions of the test (each section is graded by a different TA). It can be challenging to get the hang of it at first, and most students did not do well on the first exam. I really recommend recording her lectures and re-listening to them when you study, because most of what she explains in lecture could be exam fodder, but this isn't always reflected in the slides. Having said that, her exam questions are already basically laid out for you via questions that she posts at the end of each slide. There are way more questions on the slides than on the exam, which, again, means there is a lot to remember and study 100% to ensure that you don't falter through the exam. She likes succinct detail, but you're not punished for going into more than you need to in hopes that you hit the target she was looking for. In many cases, you have to draw detailed diagrams, and you often have to search through the slides and combine several diagrams she gave in order to get full points. Definitely, definitely go to the exam study sessions. She has you write two short papers, a seminar review and a faux popular science-style article on a new finding. I liked this, and it's meant to boost your grade while letting your indulge your interests and learn about a topic more deeply. Also, she assigns online quizzes that you can re-do until you get full credit, and the best part: she drops your lowest exam grade, which, if you do well on the first three, includes the final (so you don't even need to take the final if you actually did well from the get-go). I would take her courses again, especially now that I know how she thinks. You do need to spend a lot of time with the slide questions and studying on your own. There is a learning curve with that though, so keep that in mind.

Dec 2016

Do not take this class. Taylor is a terrible lecturer, her test are ridiculously hard and requires a lot of useless memorization, and she is very unaccommodating to any requests. Her lectures are just reading off of old reused power points, and are extremely boring, especially being at night class. Although you can drop the lowest test, they are all unfairly graded because she makes the rubric overly specific so that partial points are hard to come by. She requires you to remember hundreds of terms that serve no purpose other than to just to make your life more difficult. She is very unapproachable and makes any special requests seem like the end of the world. She tries to make jokes in class that aren't funny. This is basically an extended, more boring, more annoying version of the neuroscience section of FroSci.

Dec 2016

Just wanted to throw this out to help out my future columbia lions that are thinking about taking this class. I repeat this is the easiest and most interesting class I have every taken at Columbia....... PAUSE NOTTTTTTT..... This class absolutely sucks. Kathleen may be the most cold hearted, un-funny, and pretentious teacher (I don't even want to call her a professor because it would be a shame to all of the other professors in the world) I have ever met in my life. The lectures could not be more boring.... absolutely brutal. This class was at 7:10pm and I tell you what, I think I learn more useful information watching grass grow or paint dry than I do in this class. The lecture are basically her reading of a powerpoint and the learning aspect is pretty much you just learning vocab words along with memorizing different regions of the brain. Midterms are useless, she overloads information to where it half way drives you crazy. She has way too many strict guidelines and does not accommodate to any student needs.

May 2016

Although the course is challenging, it is comprehensive and intellectually stimulating. Prof Taylor's organizational skills may be a nightmare and a half, but if you do your part as a student--review your notes, ask questions, and go to office hours, everything comes together. Lean on the TAs (especially Jeremy) because they know that Prof. Taylor is a tornado and that her slides often make little sense. Again the class is rewarding. I recommend starting to answer study questions at least 2 weeks before the exam that way you have time to go to office hours before the mad dash the day before the exam. Don't bother memorizing anything she teaches the day before an exam. Since you have choices on each test as to which questions you answer, focus on 80% of the material and skip the stuff you learn the week of the test. You don't have to answer it anyway. With the online quizzes, just commit to sitting in front of a computer randomly clicking for an hour until you get a 10/10. They really help your grade, and they're kind of like a computer game. Don't bother looking for answers in the text ... which by the way was a waste of money! For entertainment during the 8:40 lectures (which are absolutely mandatory if you want to do well. Write down every last word that woman says, she will expect you to know it, and the slides are not helpful) keep a tally of each time she mentions her ex-husband. It comes to at least 2x per class. Again the class really gives you a good handle on the basics of neuroscience. I learned a lot, got a lot out of the course, but also put a lot in. It was a valuable experience!

Aug 2015

Do not take this course, the professor is no good and the TAs don't even know the materials.

Aug 2015

I agree with the previous statement below that she is kind of a dick. She would tell me that the test are going to get easier as we go on, but it never did. Her test are tricky and if you are not familiar with science terminology you will not be fine. Overall, she is a ok lecturer but not a teacher. The TAs were also horrible they don't even know this stuff. She is from a farm town background which explains this dick attitude, she does not care about students' grade, she told us that the grade will be rounded up at the end of the semester if you are close to the next letter grade, but she never did round up my grade as it was 1 percent away from the next letter grade. This class is a nightmare especially for an Intro class. DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE if you just want to get the science core curriculum done!

May 2015

I'm going to be completely honest, Professor Taylor is a good lecturer. You will come out of this class knowing Psychology. But she is also a dick, and the TAs were no better. The percent of A's were 32% which is relatively low for a psych intro class and it's because every exam in this class was loaded with tricks and bullshit true or false questions. Also, the essays were graded extremely harshly. This class was the worst grade I will probably get in my college career. Do yourself a favor and don't take Psych with Taylor.

May 2014

I am the Aplysia sea slug. Professor Kathleen Taylor is the squirt of water that makes my gill withdraw. In other words, you might not want to take this class, or any for that matter, with Professor Taylor. Here's why: 1. She is not a good lecturer -- Taylor makes rather slapdash, arbitrary powerpoints and unenthusiastically slogs through them in class. You get the feeling that she made them years ago and quickly scrolls through them the night before the lecture to refresh herself. This makes for boring and uninspired lectures. 2. She is not well organized -- Unlike some professors who graciously post their powerpoints before class, allowing students to take notes right on it, Taylor often didn't upload hers until weeks after the lecture. She's also not so great about the weekly quizzes students are required to take. A couple times this semester she sent emails explaining that she had goofed on making the quiz and that now the deadline has been changed, or that we don't have to take one this week, blah blah. No one's perfect and these things aren't really a big deal, but it is a bit frustrating/distracting when the course is so inconsistent. 3. She doesn't really care -- Well, this explains it all. Taylor is not very invested in her courses or students. As a result, her powerpoints, course, tests are poorly designed; talking to her after class or going to her office hours (if she hasn't canceled them) is an uncomfortable experience; she doesn't try to find the answer to a student's question if she doesn't know it at first (she'll just say "as far as I'm aware…" or outright "I don't know" and leave it at that); et cetera. Having said all that, this class is not very difficult. If you keep up on the weekly quizzes, do the writing assignment systematically and on time, and actually learn the material (rather than learning Taylor's powerpoints) you will do fine. So, if you are the type of person who intrinsically enjoys the subject matter, and who is able to not let all of the above crumminess affect you, then you should maybe just go ahead and take this class and get the credit. BUT, if you're the type of person for whom it is difficult to keep separate a very cool subject and its totally meh and annoying professor, maybe don't take this class. Your interest in the class will likely wane as your frustration with Taylor grows, and it will probably be difficult to do well. Overall, this course with Taylor kinda stinks. Also, the below review is accurate, I would say.

May 2014

This was a pretty good class, on the whole. It was very straightforward, the readings aligned with what was being taught in lecture, and the midterms and final were made up of the core material covered by the class. Another plus of the class is that there wasn't a discussion section. And at the end of the day, I actually learned quite a bit about psych, about stuff that's generally just good to know for life, I think. Taylor was, all in all, a pretty good lecturer. She generally kept things interesting by interspersing some humor into what could have been really dry material, and by every once in a while engaging the class in little exercises/experiments to demonstrate psychology concepts she was talking about. She also did everything necessary for students (who keep up with things reasonably) to succeed, from posting lecture slides online to organizing TA-led review sessions before midterms and the final. Taylor was not, however, very responsive at office hours; after going once, I was not tempted to ever go back. I asked her one question (not actually regarding the core course material but stemming from it) that she seemed to think was completely basic, and she proceeded to look at me like I was stupid and ask me what exactly I wanted her to say. But on the whole, I don’t think you really need to go to office hours in order to succeed in the class. Just stay reasonably on top of the course material and you’ll be fine. I would recommend this class if you’re a humanities major looking to get your science requirement done, as it’s probably one of the most straightforward science classes you’ll come across at Columbia.

May 2014

So I just finished taking Taylor's course in Behavioral Neuroscience and I am extremely disappointed. Having taken Science of Psych and Bio (kind of unusual, I know), there wasn't much new material and she tried really hard to be funny when explaining the material and it just wasn't. Don't bother purchasing the ridiculously priced book because it added nothing new and you won't open it. I actually tried reading it for the first test but realized that even though she threatens everything in the text will be covered, nothing except her class lecture info is on the exams. Also, she's extremely difficult to get in touch with. She tells you to email her about any quiz concerns but never responds. I even asked her in class and she told me she'd get to my email but didn't until I prompted her again during reading week, almost a month later. Also one of the TAs messed up slightly on the exam grading and didn't give full points back until I persisted about it for a while which was frustrating because it wasn't any student's fault. Finally, to clear up any misconceptions that we commonly have with all these types of poor reviews on CULPA, I'm not complaining because I did poorly in the class--it's not too difficult to get an A, but honestly this class is so frustrating and probably boring at best. Not sure what her Science of Psych course is like, but if her attitude/teaching style is the same as for this course, I'd recommend Lindemann a thousand times over her.

Dec 2013

If you value your time, money, or generally have self respect, DO NOT take this class. You will learn more by sitting outside the lecture room reading the book, than inside, listening to her attempts to cover thrice the amount of data her class ought to cover, by skipping over anything important. She tries to be funny which is cute till you realize she will mess up your grade because the exams are like kindergarten: you gave to recite the book word by word. Miss a word, lose a point. You can still score, but only if you're gifted at the rote and vomit routine. And she only holds office hours before 9AM. And she's nasty if you dare ask her something she thinks should be effin obvious. There are much better psych courses, and whoever can get this lady counseling for her ivy envy will have my eternal gratitude. Ps: if you're taking this as a science requirement, drop out now.

May 2013

A class like behavioral neuroscience is difficult because it straddles the narrow line between intro courses (Mind, Brain and Behavior or Science of Psych) and the year-long neuroscience sequence. Professor Taylor has little to add. The function of the course is dubious - how does this course differ than the others offered? Unfortunately Professor Taylor relies on trite explanations and only requires memorization out of her students. The class doesn't require any thought - just a humongous number of flashcards. I for one am not sure that is the purpose of a college education. Moreover Professor Taylor is downright rude to students. When I requested an accommodation for the final exam (it would fall during a Jewish holiday) during the first week of the semester as the registrar required Prof. Taylor was just upset that she would have to construct an additional exam. Rather than being understanding she failed to live up to the university standard despite being prodded for months. Only when I had an administrator reach out to the registrar directly was there any response. While I understand the inconvenience in having to accommodate an exception in a large lecture class, Prof. Taylor was incredibly disagreeable to work with.

Jan 2013

If I had to describe the class in one word, it would be "straightforward". Taylor goes through the material quickly but clearly and is happy to answer questions. The lectures often have videos and personal anecdotes that make them more enjoyable. The lecture slides are uploaded after the class with "Study Questions" added, and those questions are what she bases the exams off of. Taylor is very no-nonsense, but she manages to enforce her rules in a respectful manner. I never found her to be rude or cocky, but then again I can handle tough professors better than most. THAT being said, I wouldn't even consider her tough, just focused. There's an emphasis on the fact that it's an intro course with lots of different topics to cover, meaning if you ask to go in-depth on something, Taylor will likely divert your question in order to save class time, but will recommend coming to office hours to get it explained if you're interested. I went to office hours for 2 of the TAs and constantly emailed one, and they were more than happy to help. The only issue was that since they study different subject areas, one would be more knowledgeable about a certain topic than another, but they would ALWAYS direct you to the correct TA to ask. I had a wonderful experience with the TAs. The reading helps - in fact, the book is pretty funny and quite helpful, and I would recommend doing the reading - but she in no way enforces it unless she did not have time to cover some material due to extenuating circumstances.

Dec 2012

Have to laugh at the mixed reviews. Yes, Taylor expects you to work. If you do, you'll be fine. Lectures are mostly interesting with demonstrations, videos, etc. Taylor knows this subject and can answer any question thrown at her, even the irrelevant ones. Love to read the reviews from the whiners (boo hoo, why can't I get an A without studying?) but any big lecture course is gonna have those. Note to whiners: You're at Columbia. Do the work. Get over yourself. Taylor is pretty fair, lots of hints about what will be on exams, study questions with every lecture, and says outright that the exams come from study questions. It takes a fair amount of time to answer those questions and memorized the crapload of details that come with every intro course (and science courses in general) but if don't leave it to the night before the midterm, you'll be fine. I got an A without having to take the final. Don't know what the other review was whining about with office hours - Taylor is there before lecture, and for an hour or two in the afternoon once a week (I forget which day). Short version: If you're willing to work in a class, take Taylor's Science of Psych. If you're looking for that easy A, stay away. If you're just trying to get a P for the science requirement, you could do a lot worse than Taylor's class.

Dec 2012

I enjoyed Taylor's class and disagree with the reviewers who take issue with her personality. Maybe it's based on who you are, but I personally did not find her to be "disrespectful" or rude. I would definitely say that she's sassy and rough around the edges, but not so much that I felt personally disliked. Many of her "rude" comments are intended to be funny, though it might not be your kind of humor. Lectures: they were worth attending, if at least for some of the interesting or entertaining stories and videos. Generally they aligned well with what was asked on exams, though the fact that the majority of the class surfs the internet at some point during class time should indicate that not every detail will be relevant later. Textbook readings: some people never opened it, others did many or most of the readings. The book was actually quite funny and had some really interesting sections that we didn't talk about much in class. Generally speaking, it's extremely useful if you find yourself confused about lecture material (or missed a class). Exams: generally pretty fair. From time to time there would be questions with tricky wording or focused on topics we hadn't covered as well, but Taylor and the TAs were helpful during exam periods if something weren't clear. The study questions she includes at the end of each Powerpoint is surefire the best way to study -- they indicate what the exam will focus on and are by themselves a great test prep technique. The questions that go along with textbook chapters can be useful if you find yourself with extra test prep time (or want to really make the most of the reading) but aren't necessary. I'd say if you're looking for a very cuddly class experience, don't take this class. If you want a clear, interesting professor who builds the format of the class for students' success, pick Taylor.

Dec 2012

Some people (like the two most recent reviewers) clearly despise this class. Having just finished Science of Psych with Taylor, I'd like to highlight a different side of the course. While her personality may indeed be an issue at times (she gives death stares to people who walk in late), the class itself is not awful. Her lectures are usually interesting and she presents information clearly. She often throws in a video or a demonstration to change things up. Easily the best aspect of her class is the fact that she provides us with study questions for each lecture, which are (for the most part) limited to what she actually teaches us. These study questions cover 98% of the material that shows up on exams and virtually eliminate the need for reading the textbook. Lots of people never crack the textbook open at all, making the course less of a time-suck. As for the exams themselves, they really stick to what she talked about in class. Some of the questions can be tricky and unclear, but it honestly isn't too ridiculous to get A's on all of the exams if you've put in some time answering all the study questions and making sure you actually remember the basics of your answers. Getting an A+ in the course, which requires a 98+ on EVERY exam, is virtually impossible – even if you know 100% of the material, odds are you'll screw up a bizarre question or two that you misinterpret. Personally, I never had to deal with the TA's or Professor Taylor on an individual basis, but at least the TA's seemed nice enough. I ended up with an A in the class (any questions I had I just googled to get the answer) and I put in a good amount of time studying before each exam, but I rarely read the textbook (pretty much just used her lecture slides and study questions). If you're the type of person who doesn't like reading the textbook and prefers to attend (and pay attention to) lectures, this is probably the class for you. I assume it requires a similar amount of memorization as Lindemann's class.

Dec 2012

There's a very wide range of experiences with this class. For instance, the lowest grade on the first exam was an 18% and the highest was like an 108% percent (with the extra credit offered only for that exam). I ending up doing well, but my personal experience with the professor and TAs was terrible, particularly as the semester progressed. At first, I found Professor Taylor to be strict and no-nonsense, but a competent professor. She delivered organized lectures and kept the class informed about assignments and class requirements with her announcements at the beginning of every class. Taylor was also very understanding with the first assignment: a 5 point short answer question modeled after the exam short answers, to be submitted via Courseworks. Half the class had technical difficulties or was unclear about the deadline. She still gave full credit for late submissions, which was very nice of her. However, as the semester progressed, I found the professor to be exceedingly rude and condescending. Once, a public safety officer walked in and waited for Professor Taylor to acknowledge her so that she could alert her to a potential safety concern in the building. The Professor arrogantly told her off for disrupting the lecture. Taylor also held office hours at 8 AM. I don't understand why ... she usually came late and appeared lethargic and unwilling to listen to students' questions. It was moments like these that made me loathe Taylor as a person. I also didn't like the fact that her lectures often contradicted the textbook. In fact, people would often point out specific inconsistencies during the TA-led review sessions, and the TAs would openly say that the professor had been wrong. Finally, the final exam was hastily written, as it was riddled with spelling errors. Even though this is an introductory course, the professor, lectures and TAs all failed to meet the standards I have come to expect from a Columbia course. I would suggest that you avoid Taylor for Science of Psychology.

Dec 2012

Kathleen Taylor is the epitome of what I find distasteful about Columbia professors in large lecture courses: she is condescending, outright rude, and treats her students as though they are kindergarteners/generally inept as opposed to intelligent adults. She is not above completely ignoring you when you speak to her, brushing off your e-mails, or looking at you as though you have a mental disability when you ask her a reasonable, relevant question. She is pitiless when it comes to grading, and the TAs take themselves way too seriously. While Taylor is not a miserable lecturer (although there's never any sense in going, really), my personal experiences with her have been overwhelmingly negative. All in all, she's not the worst lecturer, but she's a pretty bad human being and she doesn't treat her students well, which makes her a pretty bad professor - don't expect any sympathy or even baseline respect. Her exams are not overwhelmingly difficult, but getting an A is tricky considering there is NO CURVE in the class. (the A range is 90-100, B 80-90 and even if you have an 89.89, you still get a B+. Like I said, heartless). If you can, take Lindemann for science of psych. She isn't a (forgive me) jaded bitch.

Dec 2012

Do Not take her class. She is determined to ruin your GPA. She teaches nothing but talking about her personal stories in the class, then she expects the students know everything on the exams. She does on nitpicking on your test, tries to give you the lowest scores as much as possible. TAs are rude and cocky. I really regret that I took this class. DO NOT make a mistake like me. unless you know everything about the Psychology, do not take her class. She never responds your email. Usually, She is not in her office in her office hour. She is not willing to help you. REPEAT! DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS!!!!!

Apr 2012

Lots of mixed reviews on Taylor. I basically never went to class so I'll give you my take on the class from that POV. I had fun during the lectures that I did attend, surfed FB and online shopping while half-listening to her anecdotal personal stories/watching silly videos demonstrating psychological concepts with monkeys and children and such. She posts all her powerpoints online, and the midterm questions are all straight out of the end-of-powerpoint review questions. So if you don't go to class you're OK there, just will miss a few concepts that are confusing/vague on the powerpoint and you probably had to be in class to hear her explain. Go to class and take some notes if you want to get an A. Skip it all together if you're okay with a B. It's that simple.

Jan 2012

I took Behavioral Neuroscience with Professor Taylor last spring and absolutely LOVED the course! As a neuroscience major and someone who had only taken Science of Psych at the time and is currently taking Neurobio, I think Taylor's course was the BEST intermediate psych elective to bridge the difference between pure psychology and higher level biology course. It was much more detailed than descriptive psychology concepts I learned from intro courses. This is where I got my first taste of GPCR's, cAMP and IP3 pathways. Futhermore, I got in depth explanation about different neurotransmitters and how they are imitated or hindered by drug use. But no need to get intimidated if this doesn't sound familiar because the nitty-gritty detailed stuff was never really tested. I often studied with non-science majors who found Taylor's lectures and the textbook to be equally as fascinating and performed really well on exams too. Like people have mentioned in other reviews, Taylor's exams are VERY straight-forward. Just attend lecture because she drops major hints about questions that she will ask. Graders are very lenient on partial credit too. About Professor Taylor overall, she is very organized, straightforward, and the best dry humor. Her sarcasm may not be everyone's stlye, but she lectures in such an interesting and anecdotal way so that it's memorable! She's also very good about performing in-class demonstrations, showing videos clips, and is even offering students the opportunity to dissect a real sheep's brain!! What more could you ask for?

Dec 2011

Don't know why Taylor doesn't have a nugget yet -- she is a fantastic lecturer. Her lectures are interesting and straightforward, and she has funny demonstrations and videos that really illustrate her points (she sometimes asks about the demonstrations or you can reference them on exams too, and they're pretty easy to remember). Her exams are really straightforward -- three 'midterms', one final, you can drop your lowest grade so if you do well on the midterms you don't have to take the final. The midterms are some fill in the blank (no word bank), matching, and then usually three sets of two essays each, and you choose one to do (for a total of three essays). The final is all multiple choice, cumulative. GO TO CLASS! The exams are based entirely off the lectures, you do not need to open the book at all (except for 'supplementary' 'enriching' info), and if you study from your notes you'll be fine. I studied the few days before each exam and got As. Taylor knows a lot about the subject and she's upfront about things she doesn't know. There are Q&A sessions held by the TAs before each exam, they are helpful even if you don't have questions prepared because others do, but you don't have to go to them by any means (I went to some but not others and it seemed OK either way). The TAs have office hours and so does she, but I've never been to them. They were very helpful over email about questions, though. This class is a great intro psych class. A lot of interesting things are covered like decision-making and emotions, and after you get a better sense of what psych fields specifically you're interested. I'm not a psych major, I was just curious about it and fulfilling a science requirement, I feel like I've learned a lot about psych although I'm not sure I'll take more classes in the field. I'm really glad I took the class though, for someone not interested in pursuing it at all and unsure at the beginning of the semester whether I wanted to stay in it, I would say it's one of my favorite classes of the semester.

Sep 2011

I despised Professor Taylor and this class. I got an A+ by scoring 95+ on all 3 midterms and didn't have to take the final, so don't even think of dismissing this review as a bitter reaction to a blow to my GPA. If you are serious about neuroscience and have done well in Science of Psych and any course that covers the basics of the nervous system, I expect you will be as pissed off as I was to be wasting your time reviewing things you learned well enough in previous classes, but this time less clearly and buried in the middle of unbearable lectures that reliably start 10 minutes late and contain more tangential personal anecdote stories, common sense statements, and circumlocutions (she starts almost every sentence with the phrase "There's this idea that"...) than actual course content. As previous reviewers have stated, Taylor feeds you the exam material with a spoon. She makes it obvious what topics she wants you to be able to regurgitate and if you do just that, you will have no problem with the exams. This may seem like a plus, unless you actually expect to be challenged and to learn concepts with the degree of rigor that will serve you in higher-level courses and/or graduate school. The textbook used in Spring '11 (Kolb and Whishaw, An Introduction to Brain and Behavior) was completely inane. This was the first time this text was used and Taylor admitted that it wasn't as rigorous as she liked, but thought it was better than the previously used book, which was much heavier on detail. Pretty sure I would have much preferred the previous book. I hope she finds a better alternative for next spring. If you are able to take an alternative course to fulfill a Psych/Neuro requirement, I seriously encourage you to at least shop that other class in case you find Taylor as infuriating as I did.

May 2011

I loved this class. Behavioral Neuroscience is Prof Taylor's area and she is able to incorporate her own research and other research she encounters in her field into the course. I enjoyed going to lecture, even though the course was at the ungodly time of 9:15 AM. Where this course runs into problems is in the tests. The tests are almost completely free recall: fill in the blank, essay, diagrams, etc, though there is some matching. The tests are therefore much more difficult than say the Sci of Psy tests were. This is not a problem. It's a higher level class, the tests should be harder. Unfortunately, it was difficult to know what to study for the tests. Eventually I figured out that her tests were almost exclusively based on the study questions posted at the end of lecture. The $100 textbook was basically completely useless, but Prof Taylor still pretended like it wasn't. If you want to see if Neuroscience is for you, this is a good course to take. I loved the course content, but was disappointed with the tests and my final grade. Just be careful not to make the same mistake I did and study from the textbook.

Dec 2010

Great class. Kathleen Taylor is truly one of the best lecturers I have ever had. She keeps the class fun - often performing experiments, showing a variety of videos, and interjecting her own stories into the class. She obviously wants her students to do well. She posts all her lectures online along with study guide questions related to the lectures and the book. The majority of questions on her tests are taken directly from the study guide questions. During lecture, she will sometimes flat out say "this is going to be on the midterm." You don't have to go to class to do well in it, but I would encourage anyone who signs up for the course to go. You won't regret it.

Nov 2010

Professor Taylor is one of the best teachers I have had at Columbia. I haven taken Behavioral Neuroscience and Science of Psych with her, and am so upset that I won't be able to take another course with her my senior year. She is one of the few teachers I've had who genuinely wants her students to succeed in her course. She does everything she possibly can to help you do well- including exam questions STRAIGHT from the study guides. She has an unbelievable ability to connect topics in class, and brings in great video examples to help you realize the practical application of what is being taught. This course is definitely not easy, but if you have taken an intro psych course at Columbia you should be fine- as long as you attend lectures and use the textbook to help fill-out info on the study guides you may have missed in class.

Nov 2010

Yo. I don't know what these other reviewers are on. Professor Taylor is honestly one of the best I've had at Columbia, or anywhere else. And I'm not even a psych major (though I'm seriously considering it, having taken this class). She's everything you want from a professor: organized, engaging, interactive, passionate, hilarious, and extraordinarily knowledgeable in her field. Lectures are never boring, she's always bringing in interesting family anecdotes and relevant yet entertaining Youtube videos. Attendance isn't mandatory (she posts lecture notes online) but tons of people always show up, to her credit. Whether you intend to major in psych, or just want to get your science requirement out of the way, this is a great class to take. I actually find myself looking forward to Prof Taylor's lectures all week :)

Jul 2010

I was unfortunate enough to register last minute for the summer course with Pr. Taylor. If you are like me not a science major and looking for a science req. then stay away from this course. Just to be fair, I have to admit the class and lectures were interesting but definitely required prior knowledge to neuroscience, biology and psychology. In general the load of memorization is humongous, but doable. What was disturbing about the class is professor Taylor''s attitude and disorganization. There were no office hours provided, no TA, and she would never answer the emails on time. She posted her lectures and study guides literally last minute claiming that she might have forgot to press the last button. The woman was clearly unorganized. Just her statement that she does not encourage arranging the meeting with her unless it is absolutely necessary says it all about her commitment to the class. I agree with the reviewers that she is indeed really passionate about her subject, but unless you are a science major you won't share her excitement. She is a really harsh grader and even if you know the material from the book, which by the way according to her is "not needed for the class" you won't get the proper grade. She is a big disappointment overall. Get out of that class no matter what, but if you absolutely have to take it then stick with the lectures and study guides, go to every class and if you can - record it. BAD IDEA TO GET SCIENCE REQUIREMENT FULFILLMENT

May 2010

Reading these negative reviews surprised me immensely, but perhaps professor Taylor was not as accomplished in Science of Psych as in Behavioral Neuroscience. I found her excellent. Truly one of the best teachers I've had at Columbia so far. She came to class prepared and lectured without hesitation. She was able to pass on extremely complex information in a way that could be grasped by those who have yet to take chemistry and biology. Her exams are based on material from lecture which sometimes strays from the text, so if you don't go to class, you will have trouble. The material is difficult, so this isn't an easy science requirement filler, but the information is fascinating. She is also always available for questions if you are confused by anything and clearly enjoys teaching. The only area I would consider her a bit unorganized is in grading... it sometimes takes her awhile to return papers and post to courseworks... but that said, I highly recommend her class if you are interested in neuroscience. This is her specific field of expertise and she will open it up to you in a fun and thoroughly engaging way.

Oct 2009

I really don't understand the negative reviews. Go to class, take notes, and you will be more than fine. The questions on the exam are right off the study guide. You don't even have to do the reading. Not to mention she is just a good teacher--clear and interesting way of presenting the info and passionate about what she does. It says a lot that she can keep my attention at 9am!

May 2009

Awful! Avoid at all cost! Unless you are a genius in psychology and have some prior knowledge, otherwise it is IMPOSSIBLE to get a good grade. The multiple choice exam is very confusing and has nothing to do with her lectures and the book assigned for the class. I wonder who puts the exam questions together but it is very poorly done and definitely is not aimed at checking your knowledge of the subject. I took two different PSYC classes with Prof. Taylor...do not repeat my mistake, please! I am very disappointed though I even was thinking to major in PSYC.

May 2009

The people who wrote the previous reviews seem to have not gone to class. I took Professor Taylor's class at 9:10 and I had a great experience. It's true that you don't have to go to class to be fine in this course, but she often has us watch interesting videos in class. The class is a huge lecture course and most people are taking it to fill a science requirement or something of the sort so she is sort of limited with what she can do, but I think given the circumstances she did a great job. This class is really good for people looking for an easy and interesting way to fulfill the science requirement.

Feb 2009

Horrendous experience. Appears to be rather lazy, does not hand exams back on time, her lectures are mostly uninformative, and her TA's are unbelievable. Don't so it if you can avoid it.

Jan 2009

This is the worst, most poorly taught class I have encountered at Columbia. STAY AWAY FROM THIS WOMAN! She is rude and puts in zero effort to this class. This is an introductory class yet she teaches it like a seminar. I am a psychology major so take my word on this: do not take this course taught by Taylor. Get out of it at all costs, if you don't you'll be writing a review just like this to warn your fellow classmates. I have NEVER had a class at Columbia where a professor consistently does not show up to their office hours. I went to her office hours 3 times, and on each occasion I waited the entire time and she never showed. On top of this, she did not send out any emails indicating that she wouldn't be able to make it. I also emailed her on multiple occasions and did not receive any response at all. She also missed a few lectures without bothering to send out an email. She was the queen of breaking promises. She always put study guides up late. For example: we'd get a 8 page study guide (I'm talking in depth and complicated with 30 questions dedicated the physiology of the eye) on a Friday with the exam on a Tuesday DURING midterms. The review session was on Sunday and I didn't get through even two pages of the study guide by that time! She also returned our assignments sometimes up to 3 weeks late. Another annoying aspect of this class is the fact that she is constantly confused as to what she has lectured on before. There have been at least 3 classes where we repeated the same material from a previous lecture. She relied on her T.A.'s to do absolutely everything since she was rarely available. All she had to do was make up the lectures and make it to class- and she was unable to do this. I will also add in as a side note that the first few weeks of class you will think you have a good handle on the material and that you are prepared for the exams-wrong! Just wait until you get the study guide... I did well in this course, but that is partly because I have been in the psychology department for a few years here, and much of this was review to me. This is NOT the class to take for your science requirement. I love Columbia and I have had the privilege of being taught by some of the best professors in the world in my 4 years at this school. That's why I can tell you: Taylor is an embarrassment to Columbia. It's one thing not to be a talented professor, it's another thing entirely not to put in any effort whatsoever. Avoid like the worst plague you've ever heard of. The saddest part of this whole ordeal is that I learned nothing. A professor that puts in zero effort gets a zero from me.

Jan 2009

Worst psych professor I've ever had as a psych major. She gets frustrated very easily when you ask her questions and is very, very unorganized. She told us 4 times that she would return our exams the next time we saw her before she actually did. She always had major typos in her powerpoints that she never fixed (like typing "not good" instead of "good"), arrived late to her office hours and then left early because she had to "be somewhere important", and is just obnoxious overall. It seemed that she didn't even want to be there most of the time and was too busy to help students. Also, she wouldn't let anyone go to the bathroom for the final--I saw a lot of people go up to her and ask but they had to sit back down. And I've heard from a lot of people that she never answered e-mails, especially right before the exam when you needed the help. She seriously has an attitude problem. But don't worry too much if you have to take her, just try not to talk to her as much as possible and you'll be fine. You don't need to do the reading unless you don't understand her slides (which is very, very often), and you just need to know the slides and the study guide and you'll do well on the exams. However, she does have a lot of confusing questions that are worded very poorly, but you can still do well anyway.

Dec 2008

Terrible. She speaks to the class like we're in kindergarten. Taylor is rude to those who ask questions and rushes through the slides before any concept can be fully understood. Her exam questions are discombobulating and very complex for a survey class. Her TA's were a joke, too.

Dec 2008

avoid at all costs. the older reviews are correct. she graded a few people's exam with the wrong scantron sheet so they got the wrong grade. can't get the final exam back to check it so how do you know she's right? kant would seriously frown at that.

Jun 2008

Very interesting course! She posts her lectures after each class which is very helpful if you miss a class here or there. She usually throws in some kind of you tube video or something which are very interesting and helps the class to go by faster. Also, she has a great sense of humor and provides really good examples for every lesson. For the tests, do the study guides and go over the lecture slides. Know those study guides because she takes her test questions right from them. You don't really have to read the textbook but they definitely help in preparing the study guides and will solidify any problem areas. Take her over Lindemann

Oct 2007

I was truly amused reading these reviews. I didn't read these until halfway through the semester, so I had no preconceived notions about her. The lab is not nearly as terrible as everyone is making it out to be. I'm pretty sure it's because Prof. Taylor has another full-time job though, and therefore doesn't really want to deal with a bunch of undergrads. We didn't have lab writeups every week. There was homework every week but unless it was a lab report (we only had to do 2 for the whole semester), it never took more than twenty minutes. She does love rats and telling stories about her kids, but I found her lectures a lot more informative, clear and interesting than Professor Hoch's (lecture professor). Sometimes her tone is kind of demeaning but I don't find it so terrible, compared to Professor Goldstein (Bio recitation professor).

May 2005

I really enjoyed this class. Prof Taylor does take a long time to hand back papers and exams, but she is an interesting lecturer and generous grader. I did not do well on the first exam and she was very accessible to meet with outside of class as well as reassuring and truly interested in her students.

Dec 2004

Professor Taylor, though at first may not seem like the most personable person, is actually quite friendly and nice. The lectures are interesting and informative. She is very clear and explains everything thoroughly. She is a little disorganized and takes a long time to hand back tests, but overall, I would definately recommend this course. There are three tests during the semester, and each test takes as long as a regular period, and even the midterm and final are just regular tests, the final exam you just have a very long time to complete it . On each test there is an extra credit option and she is very generous with those.

Dec 2004

I took Professor Taylor's Intro class after I wasn't able to get into Professor Stokes', which I had heard was really great. However, I found Intro to Psych with Taylor to be just fine. I learned all the basics and it was not difficult. She's not the most on time professor and it does take her a while to get tests back, but that isn't really important for a non-cumulative intro class. Overall, she was a fine teacher, and a bit more easy than Stokes would have been (as I heard from friends in Stokes's class).

Aug 2004

Prof. Taylor is one of the most intelligent, articulate and understanding professors I have encountered at Columbia. Although the concepts are not particularly complex, she explains everything slowly, clearly and in the most simple way possible. She even posts her lecture notes online so that you know what she thinks are the important points. Her lectures are straight-forward and enjoyable, filled with entertaining stories about her kids, interactive games and interesting videos. She allows tons of time for discussion and gladly answers all questions, even when they are about Student A's cousin Bob or Grandma Milda. She is extremely personable and easy to relate to because she is the type of woman who, for example, doesn't give cummulative exams because she "hated them when she was a student". More than any Prof. I have had, Taylor comes off as a "real person", with errands to run and kids to deal with. Sometimes she's in a bad mood and sometimes she's busy. So are the rest of us. She may not have handed back the midterm until two weeks before the final, but the exams were not cummulative! Having it back any earlier wouldn't have helped. My advice: Take Intro with Taylor!

Dec 2003

I could not agree more with the other reviews. She is absolutely horrible. I think the highlight was how she handed back our midterm ONE WEEK before the final exam. Do not take this class.

Nov 2003

I must admit I was pretty nervous about taking Intro with her after the horrible reviews she's been getting, but I'm really glad I did. Taylor's smart, fun, easy-going, and not the least bit intimidating. It's easy to do well, but you still learn a lot. The only critcism I would offer is that she takes forever to get things back to you. But it's totally worth it. Ignore any lab comments below unless you plan to take specifically that lab, cause Taylor's great for Intro.

Nov 2003

Yes, in the beginning Taylor can be intimidating. But if you ever go and talk to her after class--she is so nice. She knows everything there is to know about neuroscience, The lab was a lot of work, but if you put in the time it is definitely possible to do well in this class.

Aug 2003

I was scared to death reading those other reviews since I had to take this class with the lab. I've got to tell you, I don't know what drugs these people were on! She is awsome, spends as much time as you need outside of class, is totally organized, and will really go out of the way to help. I asked some of the poeple who had her for other labs, and they said she was great. Must be the "I want an A with no effort" students who hated her - you work your butt off, but learn tons.

Apr 2003

AVOID THIS HEINOUS ***** AT ALL COSTS! I was honestly terrified to go to lab every week because of her. I can't tell you what an awful mistake it was to take this class because of this awful awful lady. Don't get me wrong, I did well in the class, I just feel forever traumatized by Taylor. You have no idea what you're supposed to do for the labs. Not to mention the fact that our section didn't even have a TA (because she couldn't get more than one insane psych major to work with her). Just terrible. One of my worst experiences of college. Maybe even life.

Mar 2003

DONT DO IT!!!!!!! Professor Taylor has to be one of the meanest strangest most sarcastic patronizing professors I have ever had here. She's in love with the rats, tells strange stories about her children, and then pops in with comments about how when one person dies per day in subway accidents it's God's way of taking care of drunks and children. The workload is atrocious. She never hands anything back on time, so forget having a chance to learn from your mistakes. She lectures forever and reminds you how incompentent you must be and that she'll be kind enough to show you how to do things the right way as she coddles and fondles the rats as they pee all over her and she finds it too cute. For those people who enjoyed Prof. Taylor, you must share with the rest of us what you were taking during that class. She was supposedly "nicer" when I had her for lab because of the enormous amounts of bad reviews...I can't imagine how horrid she was before. Unfortunately for you psych majors she will probablybe unavoidable...all I must say to you...FIND A WAY OUT. JUST FIND A WAY OUT!!

Jan 2003

Unfortunately, I've had K. Taylor for three different psychology labs over the four years that I've been here and no matter how I try to prepare myself, she scares the shit out of me every time. My best advice to those who might have to take one of her labs is to NEVER make a mistake on ANYTHING, NEVER ask a question, and make sure your lab reports are 100% to APA format and chrystal clear. If you do need to ask a question, no matter what it is, she will look at you like you are dead stupid and answer with a tone of voice that implies disgust at having to help someone so incredibly unintelligent. The previous reviewers were all right - she will take weeks to hand anything back and will email you with details way too late. Just remember that you are on your own in this lab. Don't count on her to explain anything initially, nor to help you out if you have a question. I do have something good to say about Professor Taylor, though. As sarcastic and condescending as she is in class, if you go talk to her one on one, she will be much nicer.

Jan 2003

I could not agree more with the previous review that talked about her annoying tendencies to never--ok, maybe once the entire semester--give back assignments or tell you what the heck you were supposed to be doing all semester. She sent us necessary information at THE last minute multiple times and would seem totally amazed that we didn't have as superior skills as she did in analyzing complicated ANOVA's it took her about a week to decipher...she also must've caught on to Remez's lovely linguistic tendencies that must have encouraged her to use the F word (in our last experiment she totally enjoyed volunteering profane words for the word list we used to test subjects with). All in all, ironically, the lecture, which was insanely hard, kind of saved my grade in this class because of her amazing ability to never hand back assignments and give no evaluation as to your progress. Psych majors, you probably can't get through the major without having her for lab, just know you're in for a long haul that should be worth way more than 1.5 credits due to the hours you might spend agonizing over exactly how to make the excel graph that meets her wacked out standards.

Dec 2002

Wow. She sucks. On the night before the final lab was due, she emails us new data at 10pm and 11pm. We're supposed to have at least a week to do this stuff. She also never grades or hands back anything until the last minute, and then it's too late to improve on your final lab report that's worth 85% of your grade. If your a psych major, her lab is probably unavoidable. Just be prepared to be shown little respect for your time and no feedback on your work. Also, make sure she explains the experiment for the final lab report. She forgot to tell my class about a chunk of the procedure, which cost a lot of people major points on their final grade.

Dec 2002

I found this lab to be intensely frustrating. The experiments you do are simple and do reinforce what you've learned from the lectures and reading, but the administrator was disorganized. As other students have mentioned here, Taylor does not return work in a timely fashion. As a first-time lab student, I didn't know how to write a lab report, and it was frustrating that I kept getting "check minus" as a grade because Taylor didn't return any of my previous work so that I could see what I was doing wrong. I think we got three weeks' worth of lab reports back during the last session! She posted the data from our big experiment online later than she'd told us she would, but we were not granted an extension even though this was not our fault. Furthermore, she answered student e-mails and sent us new data 12 hours before the huge report was due! She also struck me as an impatient person who didn't understand why a student could possibly be confused by results, how to write lab reports, etc. She does make herself available in office hours, and I think she is a nice person at heart, but this lab was like one big mosquito bite that lasted all semester, if you smell my meaning.

Dec 2002

Disaster, demanding and unorganized, the lab manual has mistakes in it. While she is very patronising (oh, I will not scare the poor little yous with anything to do with statistics) she also clearly shows her own complete disinterest by monotonous lecturing. And I thought a lab was supposed to be interactive...

Nov 2002

Despite some of the other reviews, I don't find the professor to be such an awful person in class or out. Yes, she does make a lot of rat comments and sometimes her sarcasm does seem a bit patronizing, but the overall lab experience is not as bad as the lecture portion of this course. I also don't believe that the lab write ups are that bad, especially if you've been tortured in the past with Chem lab write ups. Actually, compared to chem and bio labs, this lab was almost dumbed down because it contains no statistics whatsoever and we are expected to make inferences and judgements on our results. The grading is certainly not as harsh, but there were a number of mistakes in my lab manual and it can be confusing as to what it is she is asking for in the report.

May 2002

Very sarcastic but down-to-earth and understanding. She is a mother before a teacher which might explain her "laziness" but it gets annoying when you never see your prelabs that are supposed to prepare you for writing lab reports. most of your time is spent watching rats fall asleep so bring something to read. you perform two surgeries which can get gross but very new.

May 2002

Those students who are irritated by Prof. Taylor are the ones interested in a class that is all-games-no-work. She explains things well in lecture, and gives extensive directions for the lab reports. And if you don't like how long it takes to get reports back, complain about/to the TA first.

May 2002

Loved her. The labs are long, but they really make the lectures more understandable. She tells you that lab reports will take you 5-10 hours a week, and shes not kidding, they do. She can come off as intimidating, but shes not, outside of class shell spend hours helping you. Ends with an independent project that took over my life for two weeks, but I had fun with it.

May 2002

Unless you think that rats are the cutest things in the world, avoid this class like th plague. This is the most boring class...three hours of listening to her go on and on about how she trained her kids and numerous comparisons to her beloved rats. The workload is beyond anyone who is taking more than 4 credits a semester. This is definately one of those professors who does not realize you have other, more interesting, classes.

Apr 2002

Wow - what a class! Loved the topic, loved the prof. Easier than expected until the final project. TAKE THE CLASS

Jan 2002

If your idea of a good time is recording how many times a rat can rear its front legs over the course of three hours while listening to a slightly psychotic, lazy, sarcastic professor (jokes are entirely unfunny, rat-based, and enjoyed exclusively by the class weirdo) then this class if for you!!!!! (Did I mention that the professor is slightly psychotic and lazy with a disasterous sense of humour????) If you're the kind of person who gets a big kick out of devoting every thursday evening to a twenty page lab report due Friday at 9 a.m. (by the way, they're handed back months late so forget trying to learn from your mistakes) then this class is doubly for you!!!!! Besides tormenting her students with her obnoxious personality, the only thing Taylor enjoys more is fondling her beloved lab rats, whom she addresses like babies. You'll especially enjoy seeing her amused look (awww, isn't he so cute???) when they pee all over her rat-urine soaked lab coat. Did I mention she's slightly psychotic, lazy and has a disasterous sense of humour???? On a serious note, if you find yourself required to take this lab, may I suggest transferring?