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    Dec 25, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor is so passionate about teaching his students and making sure we retain the material by presenting the material in a very unique and memorable way. He had such profound respect for the patients recorded during interviews and taught optional courses on psychological disorders not necessarily covered on the exam. He tried getting to know each of his students during lectures and office hours. Amazing class!

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    Other than having an incredibly passionate professor teaching the course, I throughly enjoyed the lecture discussions during which sometimes we got so caught up that the debate would last for the duration of the course. The day after course enrollment, the professor treats us to cupcakes, as well as on the final lecture date. We also had several guest lecturers. My personal favorite part of the course was the term paper because it allowed you to challenge yourself to gain insight into the field of abnormal psychology without an experimental setting. The course material included the fallbacks of the DSMs IV and V, differences and comorbidity in mood and anxiety disorders, as well as the underlying circuitry of the cortico-limbic system; the OCD, substance abuse, and Schizophrenia and the subtle differences in underlying cortico-striatal system, as well as the benefits and fundamental methodology and goals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Above all, the most important lesson is that the comorbidity of these psychological disorders in symptoms, etiologies, and treatments indicates that we have a long way to go in understanding brain circuitry and how the physical brain affects the mind and vice versa. More research and efforts need to be done in this field. More people need to be aware of these disorders and dedicate time, resources, and research to abnormal psychology.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attend the lectures! Videos are not posted, but it is worth it to attend the lecture to not only gain the material, but for a chance to get to know the staff better. I would advise taking an introductory psychology course, but it is not necessary to be successful.

    • Fall 2015
    • Buckholtz
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions Final Paper

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