August 25, 2011
Prof. Emanuel Donchin teaches in the Psychology Department and in the Honors College. His course, “The Mind and the Brain,” is conducted like an independent study. Students choose a topic and conduct research for a group presentation at the end of the semester and individual research papers. Prof. Donchin does not assign a textbook; instead he posts journal articles and book chapters from the library’s collection on Blackboard.
This provides students with high-quality, current peer-reviewed resources. Prof. Donchin noted that the readings must be appropriate to the topics addressed by the students, and no textbook will focus with the needed breadth and depth on these topics.
Furthermore, by using actual primary sources, the readings are far more up to date than any textbook.