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Professor Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D.

Professor Robert Sapolsky
  • Stanford University
  • Rockefeller University
We humans activate the stress-response for reasons of psychological factors, and that’s simply not what the system evolved for. If you do that chronically, you’re going to get sick.
Dr. Robert Sapolsky is John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Stanford's School of Medicine. Professor Sapolsky earned his A.B. summa cum laude in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Neuroendocrinology from The Rockefeller University in New York. He is also a research associate at the Institute of Primate Research operated by the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi. Dr. Sapolsky is a recipient of a MacArthur genius fellowship. His teaching awards include Stanford University's Bing Award for Teaching Excellence and an award for outstanding teaching from the Associated Students of Stanford University. Professor Sapolsky is the author of several books, including Stress, the Aging Brain and the Mechanisms of Neuron Death (MIT Press, 1992); The Trouble with Testosterone (Macmillan Library Reference, 1997); and Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress-Related Diseases and Coping (W.H. Freeman, 1995), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He also regularly contributes to magazines and journals such as Discover, Science, Scientific American, Harper's, and The New Yorker.
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"Professor Sapolsky is an entertainer, a humorist, a scholar with keen sympathy for the layperson's understanding of neuroscience. I am listening on cd for the second round. There are so many layers to his "lectures"."

 

"Dr. Robert Sapolsky is simply brilliant!!! Dr. Sapolsky's ability to translate complex concepts in ways that even you can understand will surely makes this course one of your top favorites!"

 

"Professor Sapolsky is a superior teacher, with amazing insights on his areas of expertise, incredibly will organized, and had a very effective communicator. This course is a great education."

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  1. Stress and Your Body

    Stress and Your Body

    Robert Sapolsky
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    From Dr. Robert Sapolsky, one of the world's foremost researchers on stress and neurobiology, comes this fascinating 24-lecture course that guides you through the science of the stress that is a central part of daily life. You'll explore the nuts and bolts of the stress-response system, its various effects on the body, its ramifications on psychological health, and more. Filled with intriguing case studies, helpful...
  2. Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition

    Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition

    Robert Sapolsky
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    When are we responsible for our own actions, and when are we in the grip of biological forces beyond our control? This intriguing question is the scientific province of behavioral biology, a field that explores interactions among the brain, mind, body, and environment that have a surprising influence on how we behave and interact.
  3. Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

    Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

    Robert Sapolsky
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    Join acclaimed neurobiologist and popular Great Courses Professor Robert Sapolsky for an undeniably fascinating study of what, specifically, makes you you. Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science is a 12-lecture course that takes you to the front lines of scientific research and offers you a new perspective on the supposedly quirky nature of being ourselves. Thought-provoking, witty, and sometimes...
  4. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  5. (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  6. (Set) Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective & Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality  Set

    (Set) Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective & Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Discover fascinating secrets about what it means to be human in this engaging two-course set. In Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective, award-winning Professor Barbara J. King delves into the story of how, why, where, and when we became human. Then, in Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition, explore the scientific province of behavioral biology—a field...
  7. (Set) The Complete Guide to Understanding Human Behavior Set

    (Set) The Complete Guide to Understanding Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,134.75 Starting at $1,134.75 $1,339.75 $1,134.75$1,339.75
    Not sure which Great Course you want to order? Then order them all! For a limited time only, you can get Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior; The Neuroscience of Everyday Life; How We Learn; Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition; and Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science in a single four-course set for one amazingly low price! This special...
  8. (Set) Philosophy of Mind & Biology and Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind & Biology and Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Clear up the many mysteries surrounding how we think and how we behave with these two intriguing courses that take you to the heart of consciousness and human behavior. In Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines, discover answers to key questions about the nature of mind—one of the most hotly debated issues in philosophy today. Then, explore the scientific province of behavioral...
  9. (Set) Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  10. (Set) Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science & Stress and Your Body

    Robert Sapolsky
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  11. (Set) Stress and Your Body & Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us  Set

    (Set) Stress and Your Body & Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Learn how stress affects your body, and strengthen your skills at assessing the truth behind medical information and advice in this set by an award-winning neurobiologist and a medical doctor. In Stress and Your Body, Professor Robert Sapolsky explains the nuts and bolts of the stress-response system, its various effects on the body, and its ramifications on psychological health. And in Medical Myths, Lies, and...
  12. (Set)  Mind-Body Medicine & Stress and Your Body Set

    (Set) Mind-Body Medicine & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  13. (Set) Neuroscience of Everyday Life & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science  Set

    (Set) Neuroscience of Everyday Life & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
    Discover what the exciting field of neuroscience reveals about how the intricate inner workings of the human brain produce all the experiences of daily life. The Neuroscience of Everyday Life, by distinguished neuroscientist and Princeton University Professor Sam Wang, covers a remarkable range of subjects in 36 richly detailed lectures. Then, join acclaimed neurobiologist Professor Robert Sapolsky for an undeniably...
  14. (Set) Passions & Biology and Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Passions & Biology and Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  15. (Set)  Essentials of Strength Training & Stress and Your Body Set

    (Set) Essentials of Strength Training & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $354.90 $309.90$354.90
  16. (Set) Understanding Mysteries of Human Behavior & Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition Set

    (Set) Understanding Mysteries of Human Behavior & Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Explore what the latest research in neuroscience and the behavioral sciences can add to our understanding of how the human brain evolved and functions and why humans act the way they do. In Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, gain powerful insights into behavior we have all experienced but that has always been a mystery. And in Biology and Human Behavior, explore the interactions between the brain, mind,...
  17. (Set) Stress and Your Body & Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Stress and Your Body & Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition

    Robert Sapolsky
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Join Dr. Robert Sapolsky, one of the world's foremost researchers on stress and neurobiology, for an engaging and thought-provoking look into the neurobiology of your everyday life. Start with Stress and Your Body, a fascinating 24-lecture course that guides you through the science of the stress that is a central part of daily life. Then, look at the important role the brain, mind, body, and environment each play in...
  18. (Set) Living a Long and Healthy Life  Set

    (Set) Living a Long and Healthy Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $659.80 Starting at $659.80 $1,259.80 $659.80$1,259.80
    Get a comprehensive understanding of the principles of good health and nutrition, as well as an awareness of the practices and bad information that can harm your health, in this four-course set taught by eminent health professionals and scientists. In Nutrition Made Clear, explore with Professor Roberta H. Anding the fundamentals of good nutrition and learn how to practically apply them to your unique lifestyle. In...
  19. (Set)  Being Human & The Spiritual Brain Set

    (Set) Being Human & The Spiritual Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  20. (Set) Stress and Your Body & Nutrition Made Clear  Set

    (Set) Stress and Your Body & Nutrition Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Explore the science behind everyday stress and nutrition and gain knowledge you can use to change your life for the better with this two-course set. Examine the nuts and bolts of the stress-response system, its various effects on the body, its ramifications on psychological health, and more with Stress and Your Body. Then, master the fundamentals of good nutrition and learn how to practically apply them to your...
  21. (Set)  Being Human & Biology and Human Behavior Set

    (Set) Being Human & Biology and Human Behavior

    Robert Sapolsky
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  22. (Set)  Stress and Your Body & Science of Self Set

    (Set) Stress and Your Body & Science of Self

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  23. (Set) Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process & Biology and Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process & Biology and Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Delve deep into the secrets of human biology with these two illuminating courses taught by award-winning professors. First, explore the ways we navigate and react to the world through the use of our senses and brains in Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process. Then, in Biology and Human Behavior, discover how behavioral biology reveals more than we could have ever imagined about why we behave the way we do, and...
  24. (Set) The Science of Natural Healing & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) The Science of Natural Healing & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  25. (Set) Consciousness and Its Implications & Biology and Human Behavior, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Consciousness and Its Implications & Biology and Human Behavior, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    Probe the mysteries of the human mind and the ways we behave in this illuminating course set. Start with Consciousness and Its Implications, which uses real-world anecdotes to explore the mysterious mental state at the heart of human identity. Then, look at the important role the brain, mind, body, and environment each play in affecting our behavior with Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of...
  26. (Set)  Memory and the Human Lifespan & Biology and Human Behav Set

    (Set) Memory and the Human Lifespan & Biology and Human Behav

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  27. (Set) Origins of the Human Mind & Biology and Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Origins of the Human Mind & Biology and Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Explore the latest scientific advancements in our understanding of what the human mind is, how it has evolved, its interactions with the brain, body, and environment, and to what extent it shapes our behavior and our personalities in this intriguing course set by a clinical psychologist and a neurobiologist. First, in Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw's Origins of the Human Mind, you'll explore theories about how the...
  28. (Set) Stress and Your Body & Understanding the Brain  Set

    (Set) Stress and Your Body & Understanding the Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  29. (Set) New Science of Healthy Mind and Body Set

    (Set) New Science of Healthy Mind and Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,069.80 Starting at $1,069.80 $1,259.80 $1,069.80$1,259.80
  30. (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) Optimizing Brain Fitness & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Gain a greater understanding of the human brain and ways you can use it to improve your mental health with this two-course set. In Optimizing Brain Fitness, learn how to take advantage of the fundamental principles of brain operation and build the brain you want to live with for the rest of your life. Then, in Stress and Your Body, explore the nuts and bolts of the stress-response system and its effects on your...