CLUSTER 73A

Mind over Matter: History, Science, and Philosophy of Brain

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Scott Chandler See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.1 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.6

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Okay, here's the deal. I think the reviews of this class are polarizing because it mashes up two opposite sides of the academic spectrum: humanities (history, philosophy, literature) and science (neuroscience, psychology [which could swing humanities], and neuroanatomy). Some of the basic neuroscience concepts swing nearly on the side of chemistry-type ideas. It's interdisciplinary and if you find yourself skilled on one end of the spectrum and are not willing to stretch out of your comfort zone and work hard to learn the concepts on the other end, don't take this class. I began this class fully expecting it to AP Psychology 2.0, and in some cases it was (if you took AP Psych, you're set for quite a bit of the neuroanatomy and psychology), but in many cases it is not. I find myself pretty well-rounded in that while I lean more humanities, I can switch to the more science-based concepts with a bit of work. Learning the neuroscience is a steep learning curve, even for those in science majors. However, if you go to your TA's office hours, the professors' office hours, and make sure to ask questions, you WILL get it. This class takes effort and I think very few would say its an easy A, but it is 100% worth taking. It was the best experience of my life and I learned so much. I think the first quarter is much harder than the second quarter because by the second quarter you can apply the knowledge from the first quarter to real concepts like movement and mental illness, which I found incredibly interesting. The seminar was also good, just be sure to choose a topic you really like. Fall and winter quarters have a midterm and final (multiple choice/short answer style), weekly quizzes, a final paper, and a midterm/shorter paper. It's all doable. The tests can be challenging, but if you do the weekly study questions they are very manageable. If you don't put in the effort, you will be miserable and get a poor grade. This isn't a class you can just skate by in, not study, and not do the readings. However, it is a class that will enrich your freshman year and put you in a great place for your subsequent studies at UCLA.

Winter Quarter 2017
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Barbara Knowlton See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.2 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.2

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Knowlton tends to go very slow in her lectures, and often goes on random tangents and tells long stories. Her information is helpful, but she doesn't cover a lot at a time because she diverges to other topics.

Fall Quarter 2018
Efrain Kristal See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.3

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The course is fun but a challenge, it's doable. The cluster is taught by professors from the subjects: sciences but also humanities. It was a lot of fun. Make sure to form a study group, they help a lot. It's a good intro to life here at UCLA.

I am selling the course textbooks for cheap; the price is negotiable. text me at 323-447-9509

Fall Quarter 2016
Chris Lau See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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Lau is a nice professor and really smart, but I could tell he wasnt used to teaching undergraduates for this cluster, especially since we were all freshmen.

Fall Quarter 2015
Michael Levine See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.6

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The class is pretty great and has a lot to offer. There is a lot of work involved, but if you have the motivation to do it the reward will be great. The professors are all sincere and truly do care for their students to learn the material.

If you want to do well in the course, it is vital that you prepare for the weekly quizzes, thoroughly do all of the labs, and make sure to get help for the writing. There are more than enough resources available for any student to succeed.

Also, the readings are important and so are the "additional readings". They provide much needed context for some major topics and are helpful.

My only problem was the play "The Hard Problem". I personally did not really like that play at all, but the discussions about consciousness that came from it were very nice. The library has the books for you to rent out for a few hours or overnight if you go in the last hour and I would recommend you do not waste 10-16 dollars on the book/ebook as you can easily read the whole thing in an hour or so!

If you have a moderate interest in the brain/neuroscience, I would highly recommend taking this course, even if it does "waste" a few GE credits.

Fall Quarter 2017
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Marcia Meldrum See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.6

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Meldrum has a very straightforward teaching style. However, she often forgets to include slides when she posts them online, and has to send additional slides later. Her slides are also somewhat confusing and difficult to follow, but if you pay attention in lecture then you should be fine. She explains concepts pretty well and in good detail.

Fall Quarter 2018
Romy Sutherland Kristal See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.0

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The course is fun but a challenge, it's doable. The cluster is taught by professors from the subjects: sciences but also humanities. It was a lot of fun. Make sure to form a study group, they help a lot. It's a good intro to life here at UCLA.

I am selling the course textbooks for cheap; the price is negotiable. text me at 323-447-9509

Fall Quarter 2016
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