25 episodes

This course covers how to approach complex normal and abnormal behaviors through biology; how to integrate disciplines including sociobiology, ethology, neuroscience, and endocrinology, to examine behaviors such as aggression, sexual behavior, language use, and mental illness.

Human Behavioral Biology Stanford

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This course covers how to approach complex normal and abnormal behaviors through biology; how to integrate disciplines including sociobiology, ethology, neuroscience, and endocrinology, to examine behaviors such as aggression, sexual behavior, language use, and mental illness.

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    1. Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology (March 29, 2010)

    1. Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology (March 29, 2010)

    Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky gave the opening lecture of the course entitled Human Behavioral Biology and explains the basic premise of the course and how he aims to avoid categorical thinking. (March 29, 2010)

    • 57 min
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    2. Behavioral Evolution (March 31, 2010)

    2. Behavioral Evolution (March 31, 2010)

    Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky lectures on the biology of behavioral evolution and thoroughly discusses examples such as The Prisoner's Dilemma. (March 31, 2010)

    • 1 hr 36 min
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    3. Behavioral Evolution II (April 2, 2010)

    3. Behavioral Evolution II (April 2, 2010)

    Robert Sapolsky continues his two-part series on evolution focusing on individual and kin selection, behavioral logic, competitive infanticide, male/female animal hierarchies, sex-ratio fluctuation, intersexual competition, imprinted genes, sperm competition, inbred-founder populations, group and multi-level selection, and punctuated equilibrium. (April 2, 2010)

    • 1 hr 36 min
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    4. Molecular Genetics I (April 5, 2010)

    4. Molecular Genetics I (April 5, 2010)

    Robert Sapolsky makes interdisciplinary connections between behavioral biology and molecular genetic influences. He relates protein synthesis and point mutations to microevolutionary change, and discusses conflicting theories of gradualism and punctuated equilibrium and the influence of epigenetics on development theories. (April 5, 2010)

    • 1 hr 33 min
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    5. Molecular Genetics II (April 7, 2010)

    5. Molecular Genetics II (April 7, 2010)

    Robert Sapolsky continues his series on molecular genetics in which he discusses domains of mutation and various components of natural selection on a molecular level. He also further assesses gradualism and punctuated equilibrium models of evolution, integrating these theories into an interrelated model of development. (April 7, 2010)

    • 1 hr 14 min
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    6. Behavioral Genetics I (April 12, 2010)

    6. Behavioral Genetics I (April 12, 2010)

    Robert Sapolsky introduces a two-part series exploring the controversial scientific practice of inferring behavior to genetics. He covers classical techniques in behavior genetics and flaws, the significance of environmental factors, non genetic inheritance of traits, and multigenerational effects and relationship to epigenetic differences. (April 12, 2010)

    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

LilStylz ,

Engaging and inspiring

For a student in psychology and I found these lectures not only interesting but inspiring. It has taught me concepts to help me think more broadly about the nature of behaviour.

ColinEy ,

Excellent lecture from Dr Sapolskpy

Well worth subscribing to this. Amazingly accessible concepts of human behavioural biology for everyone.

[spookyfish] ,

Simply amazing

Dr Robert Sapolsky is a leader in his field, and when you watch this it is not hard to understand why.

Not only entertaining, the information contained in this series will change the way you think about everything, defiantly a must watch!

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