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. (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...
  2. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$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...
  3. (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
  4. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$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...
  5. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$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.
  6. (Set) Living a Long and Healthy Life  Set

    (Set) Living a Long and Healthy Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,069.80 Starting at $1,069.80 $1,259.80 $1,069.80$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...
  7. (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...
  8. (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...
  9. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$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 $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  11. (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...
  12. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$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,...
  13. (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
  14. (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
  15. (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 $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$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...
  16. (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
  17. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  18. (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
  19. (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...
  20. (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