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

Scott H Chandler

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

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Scott H Chandler

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  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Participation Matters
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Has Group Projects

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Fall 2019
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Fall 2018
33.1%
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Fall 2017
44.7%
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Fall 2016
32.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
37.3%
31.0%
24.8%
18.6%
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6.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
43.4%
36.1%
28.9%
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14.5%
7.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
37.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
34.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Jan. 14, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Selling the textbook for $70-$80. Originally $113. Only has some highlighting in the first two chapters. I bought it from the ucla store used, but it was basically brand new. It's still in very good condition. No rips or random stains.

Email: allisono2000@g.ucla.edu

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Oct. 4, 2018 Grade Received: P

Selling the textbook- it’s New & sealed in the plastic saran wrap- originally priced at over $100- (its $110 with tax).

Will sell-send me your offer!

martinezjocelyn24@gmail.com

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Aug. 31, 2018 Grade Received: B+

It was a very good class and looking back, I’m very glad I took it. However, I am so glad I’m done. The class is interesting, but challenging and the tests are not only very dense but SOOOOO long and require you to switch from subject to subject. Essentially a full multiple choice test followed by a full short answer test where you have to put the exact answer they’re looking for in the correct words.

Difficult, but worth it if you’re willing to work hard and good at keeping a positive attitude.

Selling the textbook for $20 or best offer - text at (714)595-7802

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Aug. 9, 2018 Grade Received: A

Selling the textbook for this class for $40! Please text me at (937)-602-3505 if interested. I believe the price for buying new is over $100 right now, and you'll absolutely need the textbook if you're taking this cluster. Can also provide some tips and personal experience for taking the course!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Feb. 22, 2018 Grade Received: B

This is just an overall review of the course, not just Dr. Chandler. This Cluster is super interesting and has been a lot of fun! It is really cool to learn about the brain from so many different point of views (my favorite by far has been film, though, Sutherland is adorable). You get rid of so many requirements with this Cluster and if you are Psych or anything like that it makes sense to take because it gets rid of your Sciences and it has a lot of Psych content. The midterms/finals aren't too hard, I did no readings and got low Bs on both. If you put in the effort I think this class is really doable. PICK A TA YOU MESH WELL WITH AS YOU WILL BE SEEING A LOT OF THEM!! I believe my TA won't be around next year but both Jeremy and Joe are fantastic and I highly recommend them and this class!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Feb. 17, 2018 Grade Received: A

Hard Midterm and Final. The short essay and the research paper were fine though. The weekly quizzes were killer though. There are quizzes every week, which are killer. All the quizzes are cumulative, which makes it very difficult to predict what content the quiz will test on. The weekly Friday Study Questions are CRUCIAL to succeeding in this class. All the quizzes, the midterm, and final all draw questions from these Study Questions.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Feb. 14, 2018 Grade Received: A

This cluster was amazing! It is basically a well-rounded, in-depth course on the brain. I loved that you examined theories of the brain in multiple aspects of academics--through a historical lens, a scientific lens, an argumentative lens, a literary lens (I hate literature but this section was my favorite), and current issues lens. It is great because there were 5 or 6 professors, and each professor's teaching time lasted 2-4 classes (1 to 2 weeks) so if you didn't like the topic or lecturer, you only had to put up with it for a short period of time. This class was definitely a lot of work but it was well worth it and I wouldn't change anything about the class. You get out of it what you put into it: if you do all the readings and are engaged in lectures, you will come out of the class with a breadth of fascinating knowledge. Additionally, the TA's (called TF's because they're actually more qualified than TA's) are extremely helpful. Labs are every other week and they're not a big deal at all. The weeks during discussion that you don't have a lab, the TF's go over confusing concepts from the previous week. They really are amazing. Also, the professors provide you with enough information to do decently on the midterm and final. They have "Friday study questions" posted every Friday, which are basically what the free response questions on the midterm/final are, so make sure you do those! I learned that lesson too late. Also, you have your own inquiry specialist which is someone who is there for your class to help out with papers. We had a mini paper (2-3 pages) and a final paper (5-6 pages) and I would definitely recommend going to the inquiry specialist for editing because she knows exactly what the TF's are looking for! If you sign up for this class, you won't regret it. Just make sure you put the time and effort in that it deserves.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Aug. 30, 2017 Grade Received: A+

Selling textbooks for this class. Text me at (323) 495-3337

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted July 20, 2017 Grade Received: A

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

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted July 12, 2017 Grade Received: B

Taking this cluster was by far the worst decision I've made at UCLA. It is advertised as history, science and philosophy but it is heavily focused on neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, which unless you are EXTREMELY interested in is challenging and uninteresting. Professor Chandler (the head of the cluster) does care a lot about the course and his students but that does not make up for the long, boring lectures, very difficult tests and tedious readings. Additionally there are "community events" that you have to attend each quarter that are supposed to connect you with other students but are a waste of time. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS unless you are absolutely positive that you will enjoy studying neuroscience for three quarters. If you do end up taking this cluster forming study groups is a must as this information cannot be learned studying alone in your room, and if you are interested in mythology take Jeremy's seminar (it was very engaging and the only good part of the class). If you feel the need to take a cluster (for the extra GE and Writing II credit) there are other clusters that are better. Look for one you are very interested in (not just think you might be), and that fulfills GE requirements outside of the GE requirements your pre-major will fulfill. Plus some also fulfill the diversity requirement which is nice. Again, this class was terrible and my friends can attest to the number of times I complained about this class, which was the bane of my existence last year. Not at all a GPA booster unless you're a neuroscience genius.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Participation Matters
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Has Group Projects
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