This class was tough.
Professor Gilbert is a wonderful lecturer and he made each class fun. Furthermore, the course material is applicable to fields as diverse as economics and literature, making it even more attractive as a way to fulfill a General Education requirement. That said, be warned! The classes are a pleasure to attend but Gilbert's multiple choice exams are infamous for their difficulty and their curve. Do not skip your sections, even if they are optional.
The highlight of the course was Professor Gilbert himself. He is easily among the best lecturers at Harvard. The material itself is fun and surprisingly useful even if you never take another psychology class ever again. For instance, a budding economist will learn about the psychological basis for the sunk-cost fallacy. A linguist will learn about how language is processed in the brain.
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Advice for students:
Go to section, even if it is optional. Make sure you have developed a confident, nuanced understanding of the material so that you are prepared for Gilbert's tough multiple choice exams. If you are considering this class in order to fulfill a General Education requirement and you do not do well on multiple choice exams or would prefer a less-exam based course, then I would suggest taking another course.