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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.

"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, Ph.D.
    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, Ph.D.
    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 Sale

    Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

    Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D.
    Save up to $160.00 Starting at $19.95 $39.95 $19.95$39.95
    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

    Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D.
    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!