Introduction to Cognitive Science
Spring 2020 - I really enjoyed the classes themselves, but the assignments were dreadful. About every other week we had to read 2-3 extremely dense, often verbose, scientific papers on a new, but related topic and complete an assignment based on them. Four of these assignments were graded for completion and two (of your choice) were graded for content. I totally bombed the first one but did much better on the second. Also, we were put into random groups to create two faux scientific research posters based on a topic in cognitive science. I didn't get the best groupmates but the projects weren't that hard. I found it very difficult to gauge how I was doing in the course so I ultimately switched my grading to P/NP. However, the final was fairly easy since we had a week to do it and it was an open book exam. I did okay on the final and if I hadn't switched to P/NP I would have ended up with a B+. I can't say this was my favorite class but I learned some cool stuff and Idan is very sweet and an amazing lecturer.
Spring 2020 - The whole class was asynchronous and she didn't even have office hours so she just posted lectures and required us to do the textbook readings. The lectures were long and full because she was nocturnal and filmed everything at night, so she was always whispering. I ended up dropping the class during week 10 because I knew I was failing it. The midterm was incredibly hard and the grading on the video presentations was harsh, so I didn't stand a chance. I dropped the class.
Hummel is a GREAT professor. I never submit stuff on here but I enjoyed him/his class so much I was inspired to come post. Hummel is my favorite professor I've had at UCLA thus far. He knows a lot about the subject matter and really makes sure everyone understands the material before moving on. The class was hard (especially for a non-computer/science based guy), but Hummel's lectures were so interesting I really got into it. You can tell he really cares about cog sci and he's a really cool guy too which just makes the class that much more enjoyable. The material can be intimidating but he is always there to help. His classes are always very informal which makes the class more layed-back and makes it less intimidating to ask questions in class. Definitly take a class with him.