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) 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...
  2. (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...
  3. (Set)  Being Human & Biology and Human Behavior Set on sale

    (Set) Being Human & Biology and Human Behavior

    Robert Sapolsky
    Save up to $406.00 Starting at $28.90 $454.90 $28.90$454.90
  4. (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 $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$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...
  5. (Set) The Science of Mindfulness & Stress and Your Body Set

    (Set) The Science of Mindfulness & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Achieve a sense of calm and peacefulness in your life. In The Science of Mindfulness, delve into the physiology and psychology of mindfulness practice to discover why it works. Then, in Stress and your Body, identify the causes of stress in your life, the effect that stress has on your physical health, and what you can do to alleviate it.
  6. (Set) All About the Brain Set

    (Set) All About the Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,069.80 Starting at $1,069.80 $1,259.80 $1,069.80$1,259.80
    Study your brain from a truly holistic vantage point with this four-course set All About the Brain, focusing on neurology, biology, psychology, and more. The brain is responsible for every decision, reaction, thought, and sense we have. Understanding how this three-pound organ manages to coordinate and organize everything we do every second of every day is a fascinating exploration into what it means to be human.
  7. (Set) The Addictive Brain & Stress and Your Body Set

    (Set) The Addictive Brain & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Understand the troubled mind with this set. First, in The Addictive Brain, examine the epidemic of addiction—both physiological and psychological. Then, see how stress effects both your mind and your body with Stress and Your Body.
  8. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  9. (Set) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Stress and Your Body Set

    (Set) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Stress: We all deal with it in some form. Stress and Your Body looks at the inner workings of our stress response system and how it affects personal health, providing powerful knowledge to understand and deal with this common aspect of a busy life. Then Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit to manage moods and modify undesirable behaviors that lead to feeling of...
  10. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $499.90 $499.90$499.90

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  11. (Set) Medical School for Everyone & Stress and Your Body  Set

    (Set) Medical School for Everyone & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Learn the science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions and how chronic stress can have negative consequences on your physical and mental health in this compelling course set. In Dr. Roy Benaroch's Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases, see step by step how doctors act like detectives to evaluate medical complaints. And in Professor Robert Sapolsky's Stress and Your Body, explore the...
  12. (Set) How to Make Stress Work for You & Stress and Your Body Set

    (Set) How to Make Stress Work for You & Stress and Your Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $414.90 Starting at $414.90 $474.90 $414.90$474.90
    Stress is an inherent aspect of life in the 21st-century world and in this two-course set, you can learn how to better control it. Discover how to manage and minimize the stress in your life with How to Make Stress Work for You. Then, explore the nuts and bolts of the stress-response system and its various effects on your body with Stress and Your Body.