Jesse Rissman

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PSYCH 85
Introduction to Cognitive Science See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.1

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Let me start off and say that I had a D+ after I took the midterm. I got a 61.5 on the midterm and I had an average of 80% on the quizzes. I was so nervous for my future in this class. I didn’t know if I should drop or just accept I would probably get a D+ or a C in the class. I talked to both the professor and TA, and they encouraged me to stay and find different ways to study. I started to get 100% on the quizzes. However, I knew I had to get at least a C on the final to get a C in the class. I had to do exceptionally well to get a low B, so I decided to aim for a C. The class started to get more interesting towards the end when we started to talk about artificial intelligence. Unfortunately, COVID-19 started to disrupt our classes and eventually brought an end to in person lectures. Professor Rissman was so encouraging and understanding during this time. He decided to reweigh the class and basically whatever test we did better on, would count as 45% of your grade. This gave me high hopes but once again, I wasn’t expecting much. I ended up doing super well on the final and ended up with an A-. Professor Rissman made the final very fair and as long as you studied the slides, you were guaranteed an A. Professor Rissman, is a passionate and funny professor who honestly cares for his students , so go to his office hours, you won’t regret it :).

(Winter Quarter 2019)
PHYSCI M106
Neurobiology of Bias and Discrimination See Full Profile

Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness N/A

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PSYCH 120A
Cognitive Psychology See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.3 Workload 3.3 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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This is the second time I've had Prof. Rissman, I had him for Psych 85 and chose this class specifically b/c he was teaching it. He's a solid lecturer, is very structured in his teaching/with the course, and is clear on what's expected from students to do well. However, there were some snags, which are probably due to shifting the class online, and I'll note that.

Overall, the class was a T/R lecture, pre-recorded, and he uploaded them in segments from 20 mins - 1hr to break down the concepts. He used slides and talked through them, provided slides and a transcript as well. There were also 5 question quizzes for some small percent (5%? I think) as "participation" as his lecture style in real life pre-covid was to have iClickers to answer questions from the previous lecture as a warm up for the class. So, with the quizzes, they were directly from the lecture/slides, not the textbook, and you just had to get that done before the next lecture day, with the lowest score beign dropped. The main complaint from students was the lectures not being posted at consistent times. Sometimes they were at the beginning of the day, or the day before once, other times it was into the late afternoon. It was just frustrating sometimes b/c it takes a lot of time to rewatch and take notes, and you had to be able to adjust and budget your time. People definitely brought it up and it got more consistent, but still, I think worth being aware of just in case.

We also had these short online modules (I think like 12 total?) that were 10-20 minutes to complete. They simulated some psych experiment talked about in the lecture that correlates with the concepts, and you got to see the classes' results, yours, and just answered short questions from a couple paragraphs of info it provided. Pretty straightforward, an easy way to earn points, and was kinda cool in compared to other online platforms I've used in the past.

We also used this online discussion forum, CampusWire, (that's free) to post questions, DM him or the TA's. It was sort of like facebook and reddit combined, was nice to be able to reach out simply and with things that didn't necessarily need to be a whole email. You got responses pretty quickly as all the TAs and students can also contribute. Solid resource. Even if you don't need to post often yourself, even looking at others' questions is helpful. They also were able to post update for the tests, like results or changes, grading, etc.

Midterm and Finals were equally weighted, not full coverage (first half vs. last half of the course material), multiple choice and fill in the blank-style, held on CCLE. He and the TAs gave us a list of names and concepts to study, 95% of which was covered in lecture, which made it straightforward as to what to expect.

Note, Rissman does use Respondus, which a lot of people in my class complained about. I found it fine, didn't really bother me personally. He set up the test to have 3 parts which we could take breaks in between of (you like close the Respondus session, then start a new one when moving on.) He was available if you had problems with your browser. This actually happened to me: Respondus froze after setting up, but before loading the test, as in it was a blank screen, and I wasn't sure if exiting out locked me out of the test. I was able to get on a zoom call with him and he noted my problems and let me back on the test. Worked out.

There's also (1) essay you do to analyze a cog psych study, critique it. Syllabus is clear, it's a 1200 word max so more pithy and less fluff is better. It's not due until near the end of the class (summer session week 5 of 6). I started mine 1 1/2 week before it was due, and gave me enough time while taking 2 other classes, and I ended up submitting it a couple days early, so definitely recommend starting earlier than you think b/c it just relieves the stress. Was able to teach out to my TA for questions on CampusWire, they were helpful for clarifying. You'll be fine as long as you took 100B since the research study structure knowledge is needed.

Lol super thorough b/c I have the time right now, but yeah, hope that helps!

(Summer Quarter 2020)
PSYCH M166
Neurobiology of Bias and Discrimination See Full Profile

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NEUROSC M187
Neurobiology of Bias and Discrimination See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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One of the best professors I've had at UCLA. His lectures on bias and discrimination in policing were really insightful. He was always very approachable and I felt like I got so much more out of this class from his teaching style. He was super empathetic and supportive throughout everything going on during spring (COVID-19, BLM protests); during the protests, he even dedicated some class time to talk about how we felt. I agree with the other reviews, he truly cares about his students' success and wellbeing. All around, great professor and human being. Thank you Dr. Rissman!

(Spring Quarter 2020)
PSYCH 188A
Special Seminars: Psychology See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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I took this course as Psych 124K (Legal, Ethical, and Societal Implications of Cognitive Neuroscience). This class was one of the best experiences I've had at UCLA! All students had to email Dr. Rissman prior to the course to express interest and we received an email with a PTE number should we be chosen.

The class was a seminar style with 24 students. While Dr. Rissman lectured during our class meetings, he encouraged a lot of discussion and left plenty of time to allow for this. The lecture material was a great sampling of the various topics involving the ethics of neuroscience. I think he went into enough depth to get a good understanding of the material without it feeling shallow.

Overall, Dr. Rissman is an incredibly nice guy. He's always willing to answer questions. The class was graded based off of class participation, two papers (one short paper and one longer paper), and a short-answer/paragraph final. Everything in this course was very fair and you can tell that Dr. Rissman cares more for sharing his knowledge and educating the students than meeting quotas or enforcing curves.

(Winter Quarter 2018)
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PSYCH 267
Neuroethics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PSYCH 267
Neuroethics See Full Profile

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