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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"."

 

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51 Courses and Sets

  1. Stress and Your Body Sale

    Stress and Your Body

    Robert Sapolsky
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    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)  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
  6. (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...
  7. (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
  8. (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...
  9. (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
  10. (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...
  11. (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
  12. (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
  13. (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...
  14. (Set) What Science Knows about Cancer & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) What Science Knows about Cancer & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  15. (Set)  Being Human & Understanding the Brain Set

    (Set) Being Human & Understanding the Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $574.90 $489.90$574.90
  16. (Set) Understanding the Brain & Biology and Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Brain & Biology and Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    How does your brain work, and how does it play such an important role in your life? Find out in Understanding the Brain—which examines the inner workings of this astonishing organ—and in Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition, which explores the important role of the brain, mind, body, and environment in how you behave.
  17. (Set) Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology; Understanding the Brain; The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal & Biology and Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology; Understanding the Brain; The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal & Biology and Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,189.80 Starting at $1,189.80 $1,404.80 $1,189.80$1,404.80
    Discover a wealth of insight into the amazing marvels of the human body in this comprehensive four-course set. Begin your exploration with a foundational look at the basics of human anatomy in Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology. Then, increase your awareness of how your body meets the challenges of disease and injury in The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal. Understanding the...
  18. (Set) The New Science Of Health, Mind, and Body  Set

    (Set) The New Science Of Health, Mind, and Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,034.60 Starting at $2,034.60 $2,399.60 $2,034.60$2,399.60
    We all want to be as healthy as we possibly can. But with the wealth of information out there—to say nothing of the dangers of misinformation—it can often be overwhelming to find a single source for authoritative, science-based facts and advice about how to achieve and maintain a healthy mind and body. Look no further than these courses, each of which brings the same reliable and comprehensive Great...
  19. (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines & 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
  20. (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Discover the harmful consequences of stress and learn how you can reduce it, enhance your sense of well-being, and sharpen your mental abilities with this two-course set by two master teachers: Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation and Stress and Your Body.
  21. (Set) Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception & Biology and Human Behavior  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception & Biology and Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Rethink everything you thought you knew about how human beings sense and behave in the world around them. Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception investigates each of our senses from a wide range of perspectives, explores how our brains process different sensory information, and more. Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition introduces you to the fascinating scientific...
  22. (Set) Stress and Your Body & Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology  Set

    (Set) Stress and Your Body & Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  23. (Set) How We Heal…, Sensation a Set

    (Set) How We Heal…, Sensation a

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,404.75 Starting at $1,404.75 $1,659.75 $1,404.75$1,659.75
  24. (Set) Biology and Human Behavior & Neuroscience of Everyday Life  Set

    (Set) Biology and Human Behavior & Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Probe some of the most intriguing questions about how we think and behave every single day. Examine the interactions between the brain, mind, body, and environment—and how they influence how you behave and deal with others—with Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition. Afterward, explore how neuroscience has helped us better understand everything from decisions...
  25. (Set) Stress and Your Body & Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History  Set

    (Set) Stress and Your Body & Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    With this two-course set, learn how to bring stress under your control and develop methods for improving how you perform one of daily life's most stressful tasks: public speaking. First, in Stress and Your Body, explore the nuts and bolts of the stress-response system and its effects on your everyday health. Then, in The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History, discover how history's...
  26. (Set) Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Strengthen your understanding of lifelong health and gain a wealth of tips and advice on keeping yourself healthy and happy with this two-course set. First, in Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age, discover an essential reference manual for healthy living, packed with information rooted in the latest understanding of nutrition, physiology, and related fields. Then, in Stress and Your Body, better...
  27. (Set) How We Learn & Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science  Set

    (Set) How We Learn & 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
    How do we acquire new skills and knowledge, and what makes humans the unique beings we are? Find out the latest findings on these aspects of our human nature in this intriguing course set by psychology professor Monisha Pasupathi and neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky. First, in Professor Pasupathi’s How We Learn, you cover the modern history of research on learning, a wide range of experiments on the...
  28. (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
  29. (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...
  30. (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...