Neuropsychopharmacology

Alicia Izquierdo Edler

Neuropsychopharmacology

Psychology department

Alicia Izquierdo Edler

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Overall 4.3
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Easiness of class 2.8
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Workload 3.2
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Clarity of professor 4.3
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Helpfulness of professor 4.1
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  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit

Grades

Winter 2017
29.5%
24.6%
19.7%
14.8%
9.8%
4.9%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
31.8%
26.5%
21.2%
15.9%
10.6%
5.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
44.4%
37.0%
29.6%
22.2%
14.8%
7.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
26.8%
22.4%
17.9%
13.4%
8.9%
4.5%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
31.8%
26.5%
21.2%
15.9%
10.6%
5.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
40.5%
33.7%
27.0%
20.2%
13.5%
6.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 2, 2017 Grade Received: A-

So this is my first BruinWalk review. I think BruinWalk is very misleading IMO because you have a lot of people on the extremes who don't necessarily narrate an accurate description of the average student. I am a 4th year and one of the only Black women in my major. I read the reviews for this class and they were positive so I enrolled. I was at the point of my collegiate career where I couldn't withstand anymore "stereotypical" pre-med classes, where the students and teaching style was built on survival of the fittest. That had been my whole UCLA experience being that there's less than 1% Black STEM folk.

First the testing style:
She treats you like an adult and I love it. It's 50% term paper and 50% final exam. The term paper can be on anything you like that is either focused on the how drugs affect the brain/behavior, the effects of a psychotropic drug, and there is one more category. I choose the effect of marijuana on anxiety, which is so relevant because how many people think that smoking a joint has no implications - WRONG! I learned a lot by doing this paper. I kept my writing very organized and didn't interweave topics. You have to talk about animal and human models which is pretty dope.

The final exam is culmative - SO TAKE GOOD NOTES. I think in many classes is hard to build rapport with a professor but going to her office hours is really relaxed and she will answer any questions. I always was afraid of professors so I just choose to always skip them, but I had a wonderful experience in this class that definitely taught me the importance of going to office hours. There is this myth that Professor are so indulged in their research that they won't help you. I will challenge that and say that students are fearful to build relationship with the professor because of the dialogue us students exchange with each other.

As for the professor the class is doable - you can get an A/B if you put in the work. She sets it up for you to be successful if you want to be. She even gives you a study guide for the final that helps you adequately prepare.

This course won't be offered winter 2018, so make sure to take it Winter 2019! Amazing class and professor. It truly analyzes the intersection between psychology, neuroscience, and pharmacology.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Sept. 19, 2020
Grade Received: N/A

This class could probably be really interesting, but the lack of guidance from Professor Izquierdo made it really tricky. In the summer, her grades were based on 50% midterm and 50% final, both multiple choice exams. The midterm was only 25 questions, so each question essentially was a full 2% of your grade. The questions weren't unbelievably hard or anything, and they were all somewhat covered in the powerpoints, but they were very ambiguous and tricky. For instance, answer choice A would have something, and then answer choice C would be "answer choice A+something else" and both of those would seem valid. But it's so tricky to decide between one or the other, and it feels like there's justification to go either way, so it was really frustrating that it would be a whole 2% of your grade if you chose the wrong one, even if it was somewhat correct. Since we took this online, it was open note, and we got a sufficient amount of time, but I truly don't think studying would help at all. It honestly just felt like a guessing game about what Dr. Izquierdo wanted. And if you messed up on her guessing game a couple of times, your grade basically tanks. She does offer a curve at the end, but it still feels like you're not in control of the end result – it's just a matter of luck on what you end up choosing on multiple choice. I felt like I never got a chance to redeem myself after being stuck on a few questions and having my grade knocked down from that. She's also extremely cold and unhelpful in office hours, like she won't go out of her way to help you or guide you to do better in the class. I don't think she took our concerns into account much. I personally think even if you study a lot and make an effort, that doesn't pay off in this class. It really just comes down to which decisions you make on the ambiguous, tricky answer choices, and if you go one way, you'll get a good grade. If you go the other way and get a few wrong even though you understand the material, you've basically lost all chances of getting an A in this class. Content wise, it's basically about NT signaling and different drugs.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 28, 2019 Grade Received: A+

I really liked this class. It focuses a lot on research and the methods on neuropsychopharmacology in the first half before talking about the disorders they pertain to in the second half. Dr. Izquierdo is really willing to explain concepts in office hours. The class is structured so half your grade is based on a paper and half on the final. Definitely make sure to read the prompt and ask any questions to clarify structure. For the final you will be given a midterm study guide given after the paper is due. Do it as soon as possible, so you can get any questions answered (the questions will be on the final). The final exam study guide will be given around a week before the final so plan your time wisely and practice the questions. The highlight in terms of topics has to be chemogenetics which is an interesting way of approaching learning more about the brain.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2018 Submitted Oct. 22, 2018 Grade Received: A

I have to say this class is by far my favorite upper-div course I've taken at UCLA, and I actually don't find the workload heavy. The lecture topics were engaging, and the readings assigned were interesting as well. Professor Izquierdo explained the concepts very clearly and was willing to answer all kinds of questions both in class and during her office hours. For the paper, I think as long as you start early there shouldn't be any problem. The final exam was extremely fair. All questions were from the study guide she provided a week before. So if there are any questions from the study guide that you're not sure of, just make sure to go to her office hour before the exam. Overall, I highly recommend this class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted Aug. 21, 2018 Grade Received: A-

I took this course as an upper division elective for psychobiology and it was one of my favorite classes at UCLA. The course is not necessarily an easy A but if you go to class and take decent notes it is definitely doable. I was a senior when I took this class and in comparison to my pre-med requirements like the chemistry and physics series, this class was not bad at all.

Your grade is determined by a 50% exam and 50% research paper. Since you are only graded on these 2 assignments, you have to keep up with the course material. The exam was fair. She actually provided us with a study guide that contained a good amount of the questions that were on the exam. Since all the questions were free-response, it was helpful to focus on understanding the big-picture concepts rather than memorizing the details of every slide. She explicitly stated specific details that we had to know so there weren't any curve balls. As for the paper, you are allowed to write about practically any topic you are interested in as long as you follow the basic guidelines. I thought her grading was relatively generous overall.

I had professor Izquierdo for Psych 119A and for a module in Psych 116. She was very passionate and knowledgeable about the course material. She tried her best to simplify and explain complicated topics. She always asked the class questions which allowed me to engage with and retain the course material. She was very approachable and her office hours were perfect times to clarify any topics we were unclear of. You could tell she wanted her students to succeed and even offered extra credit in the final exam for attending seminars relevant to the course.

Overall, this was a very interesting course with a great professor. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in the treatment of psychological/neurological disorders.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted March 15, 2018 Grade Received: A

The reviews on Bruin Walk are not consistent in my opinion.
I am a senior with a 3.6 GPA, 4.0 GPA in my major. This class has a very heavy work load. Your grade is basically 50% paper and 50% final. the final is all write out. the paper wasn't too bad. but you have literally 15 lectures worth of brain regions and neurotransmitters to memorize for the final. and its all write out. and she goes through her slides so quickly with so many details that are not in her lecture slides. She always goes over time. She rushes when she realizes she's running out of time. She's generous in that she gives you a study guide, but not all of her questions are from the study guide.
Its a lot of material, and not necessarily material that you have learned or heard of before (unless youre like a pharmacy tech).
Nonetheless, its still a very interesting class. She wants you to learn. She's always welcoming in office hours. but you really have to work for your grade

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted April 24, 2017 Grade Received: P

I'm very happy I took this course. It has given me a much more holistic view of psychology and a great introduction to pharmacology. Professor Izquierdo has an impressive knowledge and teaches her stuff in a way that makes this difficult subject easier to understand. Being more use to psychology from a social science perspective this course is def. not easy but totally worth the work. I would highly recommend the course to students, especially the ones interesting in Psychiatry/Clinical Psychology/treatment/pathology.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2013 Submitted May 2, 2016 Grade Received: A-

I took this course my senior year and I think it was one of my favorites in my undergraduate career. The course had a good storyline which made the sequence of topics easy to follow. Professor Izquierdo is very articulate and it makes a lot of confusing topics from the past comprehensible. She also gives good outlines of test material so you have an oriented way to study. I this this class had a good level of accessibility to neuro, psychobio, and psych majors.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted April 29, 2016 Grade Received: A

I sincerely enjoyed this class with Professor Izquierdo. Professor Izquierdo was truly concerned about her students learning and understanding the concepts taught in her class. There was no busy work assigned, and the readings were interesting science papers reviewed in class. Professor Izquierdo was very available and willing to speak with students both about lecture topics and the term paper.

Psych 119A was by far one of the most intriguing classes I have taken at UCLA, and focused on more than just blunt memorization of psychology facts. Professor Izquierdo's class forces you to take concepts taught in class and apply them to conceptual questions for the midterm and final. Although this was tough, studying was far less monotonous than the average psychology class. The questions were given in advance so one could prepare a question based on an investigation of lecture notes and readings. If you work hard and focus on what she says in lecture it is definitely possible to get an A in this class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2014 Submitted April 21, 2016 Grade Received: A

I thoroughly enjoyed Izquierdo's pharmacology course 119A. I have since graduated from UCLA and found that this class is quite relevant to my job researching intellectual disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute. This course provided a foundation of knowledge that allowed me to understand the mechanism of action of the investigational product (IP), or study drug, used in UC Davis clinical trials for fragile X syndrome and pediatric bipolar disorder. Additionally I was able to have informed discussions about Parkinson's medication with a neurologist that I shadowed.

Another helpful part of the class was the exercise of reviewing scientific literature. Izquierdo selected interesting papers which discussed the use of various psychotropics such as methylphenidate or tetrahydrocannabinol. She picked apart each paper in lecture and explained her thinking about the results and research methods. This course helped me understand neurobiological changes in the brain's reward pathways following chronic substance abuse.

The midterm and final were challenging but fair because Izquierdo gave the class a study guide beforehand with all the potential short answer and essay questions. There were plenty of choices for the term paper prompt, so I was able to choose a topic that interested me. Overall the workload was very reasonable. I would recommend this class to anyone who is interested in pharmacology or biomedical research.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
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