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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Biology and Human Behavior for
explaining how evolution, genetics, experience and hormones
all work together to shape our behavior.

Biology and Human Behavior
The Neurological Origins of Individuality
Lectures by Professor Robert Sapolsky

Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins
of Individuality (2005) - 24 lectures, 12 hours
Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality
at TheGreatCourses.com

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 - from the people we fall in love with, to the intensity of our spiritual lives, to the degree of our aggressive impulses. In short, it is the study of how our brains make us the individuals that we are.

Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition, is an interdisciplinary approach to this fascinating subject. In 24 lectures, you will investigate how the human brain is sculpted by evolution, constrained or freed by genes, shaped by early experience, modulated by hormones, and otherwise influenced to produce a wide range of behaviors, some of them abnormal. You will see that little can be explained by thinking about any one of these factors alone because some combination of influences is almost always at work.

Professor Robert Sapolsky is the winner of a MacArthur "genius" grant. He is Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University, where he holds the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professorship of Biological Sciences. Among his numerous awards is the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching - Stanford's highest teaching honor. His Book Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Biology and Behavior-An Introduction 13: What Do Genes Do? Microevolution of Genes
2: The Basic Cells of the Nervous System 14: What Do Genes Do? Macroevolution of Genes
3: How Two Neurons Communicate 15: Behavior Genetics
4: Learning and Synaptic Plasticity 16: Behavior Genetics and Prenatal Environment
5: The Dynamics of Interacting Neurons 17: An Introduction to Ethology
6: The Limbic System 18: Neuroethology
7: The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) 19: The Neurobiology of Aggression I
8: The Regulation of Hormones by the Brain 20: The Neurobiology of Aggression II
9: The Regulation of the Brain by Hormones 21: Hormones and Aggression
10: The Evolution of Behavior 22: Early Experience and Aggression
11: The Evolution of Behavior-Some Examples 23: Evolution, Aggression, and Cooperation
12: Cooperation, Competition, and Neuroeconomics 24: A Summary


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Biology and Human Behavior
The Neurological Origins of Individuality
Lectures by Professor Robert Sapolsky

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Biology and Human Behavior for
explaining how evolution, genetics, experience and hormones
all work together to shape our behavior.