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)  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
  2. (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...
  3. (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
  4. (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
  5. (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...
  6. (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
  7. (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...
  8. (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
  9. (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...
  10. (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
  11. (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
  12. (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...
  13. (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
  14. (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
  15. (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.