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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52 Courses and Sets

  1. Stress and Your Body

    Stress and Your Body

    Robert Sapolsky
    4.7 out of 5
    93% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (115)
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$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
    4.9 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (126)
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$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
    4.5 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (62)
    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
    2.8 out of 5
    28% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (14)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    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) 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...
  6. (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...
  7. (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.
  8. (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
  9. (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 $654.90 $654.90$654.90
  10. (Set) Stress and Your Body & Nutrition Made Clear  Set

    (Set) Stress and Your Body & Nutrition Made Clear

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$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...
  11. (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
  12. (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...
  13. (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
  14. (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...
  15. (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...
  16. (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
  17. (Set)  Mind-Body Medicine & Stress and Your Body Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  18. (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...
  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) 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 $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90