Ratings for Carmena, J M

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Carmena, J M (COG SCI C1, Fall 2010)
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Comment: as a freshman unsure of what major to get myself into, I decided to take CogSciC1 to get a flavor of cog sci. Perhaps the flavor of this class would be horchata, as Prof Carmena's thick accent and tendency to speak extremely fast make it difficult to understand lectures. Also- he whizzes through his powerpoint so fast that it's difficult to take notes. He is also in the EECS department- which perhaps explains his bias towards Artificial Intelligence. On the plus side, guest lectures are quite frequent and range in topics: how we learn, brain defects that cause speech impairment, sleep, and the role of metaphor in language to name a few. Assignments are on lectures (including guest lectures) and are pretty straightforward. Study for the midterm and you'll be fine.

Submitted Oct. 26th, 2010

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Carmena, J M (COG SCI C1, Fall 2010)
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80
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77
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79
Enthusiasm
77

Comment: Professor Carmena is very enthusiastic about Cognitive Science, and cogsci C1. The problem is his heavy spanish accent, which makes understanding what he says a bit of a challenge, but it also kept me attentive because I had to focus to understand what he was saying. The course material is quite broad, which makes the tests hard to study for, but if you put in the time to study you'l do fine on the tests

Submitted Oct. 4th, 2010

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Carmena, J M (COG SCI C1, Fall 2010)
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50
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50
Helpfulness
40
Enthusiasm
78

Comment: Professor Carmena is a passionate, highly qualified (in an academic sense) teacher, however he lacks teaching skills. He also has a thick Spanish accent which makes it hard to understand him, and his disorganized lecture doesn't help. He does post all of his slides online so that's a plus. I would recommend taking cogsci 1 in the spring- the professor is much better.

Submitted Sept. 29th, 2010