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I took Early Adversity (psych188b) with Dr. Goff in fall 2018. It was definitely one of my favorite classes at UCLA and it led me to choose to go into the field of early childhood trauma research. Dr. Goff is THE MOST down to earth and honest professor I've ever had. She knows what it's like to be a student and she always keeps things in perspective. She's also hilarious (she doesn't sugarcoat anything, she has some blunt humor lol), and great at explaining complex concepts with relatable examples. She also doesn't tolerate disrespectful or offensive comments from students, which I really appreciated in the context of this course material.
This course gave me a GREAT foundation for understanding neurodevelopment and translational research, and prepared me really well for Psych115 and Psych119A (both of which are very rigorous, difficult neuro classes). She knows how to get you to really understand and remember the way the brain and the body work without relying to heavily on rote memorization. The tests had short-answer questions, some of which required you to draw things like the brain and the fight or flight response. I really preferred this over multiple choice courses I've taken with Dr. Goff. If you're interested in the differential effects of abuse and neglect, in the development of disorders like conduct disorder or antisocial personality disorder (+ treatments like attachment therapy), or in facial expression processing, I really recommend taking this. Some topics discussed include orphanages abroad, cults, substance use, abuse, and neglect.
That being said, this course can be very heavy. Do not take this if you have triggers related to abuse, neglect, etc. Dr. Goff will be understanding if you do, but it will be hard for you. Seemed like most of the people I took this class with did have a history of trauma, and that was something we discussed (no one overshared, it just tended to come up given the subject matter). Lots of discussions and interesting questions.
Professor Goff is one of my favorite professors at UCLA. She is so kind and is extremely engaging. She wants all of her students to succeed and will do whatever she needs to do to make that happen. Her exams are short answer, but they are directly from lecture and readings so there is nothing tricky about them. If you keep up with your work and pay attention in lecture, you will receive an A. Take all of her classes!!!! She is amazing!
Dr. Goff is one of the best professors on campus. Her lectures are very clear. This class taught me so much and I highly recommend this course. The material isn't heavy at all and it is a fun class to take regardless of your major. The exams are not hard and the four writing assignments are super fun to write and they are mostly about yourself. You will get an A with a bit of an effort. If you're looking for an easier psych course, this class is it! I would take this class again even if it was the hardest class on campus simply because Dr. Goff is amazing!
188B classes vary but the one I took this Winter was called "A Dynamic Perspective on Parenting" and it was excellent. We watched many documentaries, the lectures were entertaining, slides and audios of the lecture were posted on CCLE. The 4 written assignments were not difficult and I actually enjoyed writing them. The exams were multiple choice with one essay question (prompt was given in advance) and they were relatively easy as well. I love this class and I loved being taught by professor Goff! Take it!
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