1. Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology 

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(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.
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Jesus Quiroz
Jesus Quiroz 2 yıl önce
Lectures hit different when you’re not pressured by grades.
bigbufobufo 2 yıl önce
I wish I could go back to college and just learn stuff without having to take any tests
ellenmagellan 2 yıl önce
@bigbufobufo you can! It’s called “auditing a class”
I'm in your fridge🌚
Ohhh that'll explain why i'll watch these in my free time but redused too when i actually took courses like this
William Booker
William Booker 2 yıl önce
so... true...
Mathieu Grindlay
Mathieu Grindlay 2 yıl önce
Facts - plus this mans giving out bagels with cream cheese and I'm just wishing I had more profs like this. Had a few but still, I can count them on one hand and by and large most were just so dry and uninspired. It seems as if so many professors nowadays just purchase textbooks, assignments and slide packages for their courses, feels lazy. I swear people appease their professors and have to find their own actual mentors/professors in their free time. It's so hard to learn anything when It's unengaging
Ingrid Rodrigues
Ingrid Rodrigues Yıl önce
I'm so grateful for living in an era where this kind of content is available like this. I'm from Brazil and I wouldn't be able to listen to this amazing classes if Stanford and professor Sapolsky weren't so kind to make it available online. Thank you.
Eric Jóia
Eric Jóia Yıl önce
Just like me
Joara Torres
Joara Torres Yıl önce
Also me. :)
Ahmed Mohammed
Ahmed Mohammed Yıl önce
thanks to USA
Fred Huxley
Fred Huxley 11 aylar önce
Exatamente! Concordo com você
Lua 10 aylar önce
Brazilian here! Learning from Stanford lectures... I could have never dreamt of it when I was in my teens craving for quality information! Internet is something!
Voodoo Audio
Voodoo Audio Yıl önce
For 11 years I've been coming back to this. It is still one of the most profound learning experiences available. Sapolsky its truly one of the finest human gems we had a chance to share time with on this planet.
Micho_ 11 aylar önce
just discovered this, excited :)
CoachAdeja 6 aylar önce
You scared me when I first read this I thought he passed away 😫
Voodoo Audio
Voodoo Audio 6 aylar önce
@CoachAdeja I honestly hope he has many beautiful and joyful years of life ahead of him
Catty Majiv
Catty Majiv 4 aylar önce
He seems to be a very gifted communicator.
Esmolol 3 aylar önce
He and Walter Lewin who was an MIT physics professor.
Denis Klimovich
Denis Klimovich Aylar önce
🎯 Key Takeaways for quick navigation: 00:00 📚 The course starts by illustrating a scenario of abnormal behavior, highlighting the potential influence of genetics. 01:26 🧬 Genetic influence on sexual orientation, prenatal events affecting political opinions, and using biology to understand religious beliefs are discussed. 03:17 🌡️ Certain events, like having a period, brain tumors, junk food consumption, and steroid use, have been used as defenses in murder cases due to hormonal impacts. 06:34 💔 Body's physiological state can dramatically affect brain functions, and vice versa. 08:30 📊 Humans simplify complex problems by categorizing information, but this can lead to oversimplification and misunderstanding. 11:20 🎨 The example of colors and language differences demonstrates how categories affect perception and memory. 15:08 📞 Categorization affects our ability to accurately recall sequences, like phone numbers. 17:52 🐔 The example of subway stops shows how categories influence interpretation and prediction. 21:18 🧠 The course aims to explore the complex relationships between physiological processes and behavior, avoiding oversimplified explanations. 23:44 🔍 The course structure involves tracing behaviors back through various factors, including hormones, development, genetics, and evolution. 24:13 🧬 Behavior is influenced by biological factors such as hormones and genes, leading to the interaction of endocrinology and genetics. 25:35 🤔 Challenge: Avoid falling into categorical thinking while analyzing complex behaviors and influences. 27:02 🧠 Historical figures in psychology and biology exhibited flawed categorical thinking, underestimating the complexity of human behavior. 32:43 🌍 Human behaviors are characterized by their varying levels of similarity and uniqueness compared to other species. 36:59 🔄 Recognize moments when humans share ordinary physiology with other animals but use it uniquely for empathy, compassion, and stress response. 40:16 💬 Humans exhibit behaviors that are unparalleled in the animal kingdom, such as language use and complex sexual practices. 43:07 📚 The course is designed for students with diverse backgrounds, and additional catchup sections will be provided for those unfamiliar with certain topics. 45:31 🧠 Behavioral biology is relevant in various aspects of life, from decision-making to understanding mental health, making informed choices important. 46:00 ⏰ Weekly sections, midterm, and final exams will structure the course, with breaks provided during class for convenience. 46:29 📚 Two assigned books: One by the instructor (optional), another is "Chaos" by James Gleick. 47:23 🌪️ "Chaos" challenges reductionism; behavior is complex like a cloud, not a clock. 48:49 📖 Lectures on chaos and complexity, readings available online, varying levels of depth. 50:45 🖥️ Course materials online, lecture notes, Q&A, office hours, sections for different backgrounds. 52:39 🗂️ Utilize skilled TAs, regular and advanced sections, evolving sections for different needs. 53:07 ⏰ Class is five units due to heavy class time, taped lectures available online. 54:04 📆 Midterm on May 3rd (7:30 PM), final on June 4th (5:15 PM), multiple-choice format due to class size. 55:29 🧠 Midterm focuses on basic understanding, final emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking. 56:54 🕒 Final clarification on exam timings.
Wrathofrah 6 aylar önce
I hope he’s still teaching. He is a wonderful professor, and I can tell he enjoys his work.
J.R. "Bob" Dobbs
J.R. "Bob" Dobbs 2 aylar önce
If anyone is interested, he wrote a book a few years ago called Behave. It is an absolute masterpiece.
E-space of knowledge
Yeah I'm reading it currently and it's absolutely amazing
Amanda Barros
Amanda Barros 8 aylar önce
I'm Brazilian and I was feeling a little bit down for lacking money to study abroad using my university program. However, here I am watching this astonishing lecture. I loved this professor and I feel so excited to learn again🥺🤩
Ommini Dhanamjeyulu
Ommini Dhanamjeyulu 7 aylar önce
Same here 🥺 i can't even afford to get out of my country hope our lives will change into what we like 💗
Amanda Barros
Amanda Barros 3 aylar önce
@Giu BL simmm, to praticando muito meu inglês e quero muito aprender francês depois
Lucy Ludkovsky
Lucy Ludkovsky 2 aylar önce
u LOVED him ( meaning that now u do NOT ?
Misael Araujo
Misael Araujo Aylar önce
indicação do Eslen não é mesmo?
Erica Blanco
Erica Blanco 3 yıl önce
The fact that we can access this lecture without having to attend Stanford is mind-blowing. What a time to be alive!
Wax Prophetic
Wax Prophetic 3 yıl önce
I absolutely agree! It feels like such a cheat-code.
Al Laier
Al Laier 3 yıl önce
Tabula Rasa very
Mr. Mustache
Mr. Mustache 3 yıl önce
I only wish I could talk to him, and have him mark my work, that would be amazing, its the ability to access the teachers that make this education so valuable, they are instrumental in the learning, although I am enjoying this lecture :) this is amazing
User Name
User Name 3 yıl önce
We have the world's knowledge at our disposal but we're running ourselves into the gutter. We can do better
Popinmo 3 yıl önce
you could have said the same thing 40 years ago when video tapes were popular
MoonKnightx53 Yıl önce
I’m not even really interested in biology or science in general but I’ve been watching random college lectures on TRvid and I found this. Now I’m hooked. This guy is just so amazing and smart. When you aren’t worried or stressed about grades, you can truly focus on learning the content more. Especially if you have an exciting teacher like this. Using humor makes you remember stuff as well.
Alexia Kingsley
Alexia Kingsley Aylar önce
He is a great professor!! He actually makes learning fun!!
Stanislas Nicolau
Coming back on that lecture, you're an absolute gem Robert Sapolsky. I've discovered this video a year ago, searched my way through the infite possibilities of life, finally started my bachelor in psychology, and I head on becoming a researcher in evolutionary psychology or something like that if things go well and if I still like it. Hopefully I see you some day at Stanford University
Ashley Gibson
Ashley Gibson Yıl önce
I wish you the best of luck
Robby Simz
Robby Simz Yıl önce
I watched this video when I was in high school and it was the reason why I decided to take AP Biology. Today I'm almost done with medical school. Dr. Sapolsky, I owe you more than you know!
Lea Linerová
Lea Linerová Yıl önce
First of all, i can't properly express how grateful I am that I live at the age of moder technology - that I am able to attend such a great lecture while cooking in God forgotten country, to laugh along those students, to come to new approaches and views beside them. I really do hope that the professor knows that making this available to everybody is act of unbelievable kindness. Secondly, lectures like his make me remember why I love learning so much; why I always should stay curious about things around me even though my own college years are gone. And third thing? I am a teacher, too, and I aspire to be the same way this man is - full of humor, kind, knowledgeable and approachable, truly making people to want to seek the knowledge, to think. Once again, thank you, from the very bottom of my heart.
New Age
New Age 2 yıl önce
This lecture is an example of how you are drawn to certain subjects in school solely because of the way it was taught. One can develop interest in any discipline just by learning from the good teachers. God bless you for making these lectures publicly available.
IAmMadrigal 2 yıl önce
Agree 💁🏻‍♀️
Ndumiso Mtshali
Ndumiso Mtshali 2 yıl önce
Totally agree!!
Alaric Goldkuhl
Alaric Goldkuhl 2 yıl önce
This is a TRvid rabbit hole with massive benefits for exploring. I did find it ironic though that he is explaining that the science is pointing to the fact that science isn't the best tool for describing behavior. What makes Dr Sapolsky so effective though I think is that he doesn't teach in a linear or analytical way. His talks are full of inference, analogy and humor, making the knowledge gained connect more broadly with the listener's own experience. He also seems to be a some sort of wizard at pushing limbic buttons at opportune times to make things memorable. He is truly a master teacher on so many levels.
Todd Van Fleet
Todd Van Fleet 2 yıl önce
Absolutely. Can change your life.
John Temple
John Temple 2 yıl önce
Good point
Katherine Uribe
Katherine Uribe Yıl önce
I'd forgotten how much I love psychology and education. This is a wonderful course. Thanks for posting!
Anirudh Badri
Anirudh Badri 14 gün önce
Took me over a year to finish this course, read chaos and went down that rabbithole too! Best course I've ever done!!
TobiramaTime Yıl önce
I'm a first year psychology student and this course is a blessing! I was looking for behavioral biology explanations for things we as humans do and why we do it. first lecture has opened my mind not to think in categories and everything here is beneficial! Thank you very much for uploading this, I'm looking forward to listening to more. I have no doubt that this is going to be a very advantageous for my professional growth.
Alba García
Alba García Yıl önce
Amazing lecture. Whenever he listens to students giving answer he is paying all the attention. His passion to share what he loves and dedication as a teacher is what makes him incredible!!😍
TheOriginal 9 aylar önce
This is awesome! Thank you for making it available to everyone!😊👍
aletter1718 Yıl önce
honestly, Its crazy how much easier information is retained when you voluntarily seek it. When i was in school i would have never listened to this and would have been dying to get out of there. Now that i have the ability to learn on my own time I retain and look for information on a much higher level. Incredible.
this is so damn true
Ahmed Anssaien
Ahmed Anssaien Yıl önce
The truth has been spoken. 🐐 👏🏻 I don't like being tested in any way, shape, or form, and back in school, whether I was excellent at a subject or not, I would always try to get out of the classroom as soon as possible during exams. It's weird how I have this kind of seemingly counter-productive stubbornness when I'm being tested by an individual or an institution, whereas on my own free time, I would happily choose to learn about something, and revisit it over and over until it's stuck. I literally find myself learning about new stuff every day, and the fact that there are no tests involved makes me feel like an old school knowledge seeker from back where institutions weren't a thing. I have no degrees (I left my original mediocre high school degree at the university when I decided to drop out unannounced after passing all my first-semester exams with flying colors), and yet I helped people from all over the world with all kinds of tech problems. I never thought in a million years that something that I started learning on my own when I was a teenager would one day lead to helping a business owner with a 5-million-dollar income. My English teacher back in high school once said to a supervisor, and his assistant - out of the blue - while I was there, "The thing about Ahmed is that he's very opinionated." Before that, he was like, "I brought the guy who's gonna fix your computer, guys." And I was like, "But that wasn't our agreement, Teach!" Since I asked him to come with me to speed up the bureaucratic process of getting a copy of my school certificate. 😅 I ended up removing malware manually from the supervisor's computer, optimizing the system, and filling out the whole school certificate myself in like a minute, which made me wonder, "Wow, and they say I have to wait from Monday through Thursday for this? Goddamn bureaucrats!" 😂 It's one of my earliest memories as an IT guy. I remember while I was working on their potato PC, the supervisor being so condescending like, "Well, what you're [capable of] doing isn't really 'in parallel' of what we teach at the school." as if that were a bad thing. Since I never miss a chance to be sassy, I was like, "Well, if I relied on what we're taught here, I'd still be struggling to differentiate between a mouse, and a keyboard." And then he said, "Well, but you skip school to learn these things, and that's not good." And I was like, "Well, you're not the one in class every day, having to deal with annoyingly talkative students who don't even know how to put their pens down without making noise. As far as I'm concerned, skipping school to learn really interesting stuff is always worth it." And then he just shook his head in disapproval. Thing is, that supervisor knew my dad very well, so I always assumed he just liked to play the devil's advocate, while also trying to avoid giving those who are around the impression that there's some kind of favoritism involved; I actually appreciate people like that, because I don't want people to treat me in a certain way just because they know my dad, and I'm too unapologetic to care, because just like many people survive by being dishonest, and evasive, I survive by being honest, and direct. Finally, Thank you, aletter1718, for being the reason I wrote all this. 😁🙏🏻
God’geous SolFlower
Being tested causes anxiety
Helen Tee
Helen Tee Yıl önce
I doubt your teachers were as good as this,though:))
Tarik360 Yıl önce
You're seeing the difference between being autodidactic and industrialized education.
Marco Cattaneo
Marco Cattaneo 11 aylar önce
As always, the difference between enjoying a subject and not enjoying a subject is the way it's presented, and whether or not it's presented with actual genuine passion. Clearly, Robert is doing a fantastic job here. Kudos and praise to him. Many thanks for making this publicly available, it's what all universities should do with all their subjects.
ditta07 Yıl önce
I'd love to be able to get full access to this course. The professor is very likeable and what's more, he seems to care deeply about getting all the knowledge and information across to whoever is interested in having it. I think he is right in saying that this should be thought to everyone ( preferably not at gunpoint :D). At this moment I feel jealous of everyone who has had the chance to take this course.
Inquisitor Crashdive007
This is the best and most engaging first class of a coarse I have ever seen. Well done sir.
TOM Grove
TOM Grove Yıl önce
I watched I think all 24 or 25 of his lectures and even seen Robert on some fairly resent podcasts. He is very informative, intelligent, and has an entertaining style to teaching an interesting subject(s) that could be dry and boring if attempted by others. Great job!!!!!
Kathryn Titus
Kathryn Titus 11 aylar önce
Every human should listen to this entire series. It gives you so much insight into human anthropology, behavior etc. These videos are pretty old at this point but nonetheless pertinent. I think Sapolsky is still alive and there's absolutely nothing boring about listening to him, he keeps things moving right along, and a bit of humor gets thrown in here and there. I'm so thankful this series was conserved for humanity.
anomaly P
anomaly P 4 yıl önce
I'm not only in awe of his knowledge, but about his speaking skills as well. This was 1 hour of him constantly speaking without using any 'uuuhs', stopping words or hesitations in forming sentences...like he was reading out a book! Insanely good
Justin Wallman
Justin Wallman 4 yıl önce
6:57 was an "uhhh" ;-)
Aleksije Vujovic
Aleksije Vujovic 4 yıl önce
ok I'm not taking anything away from the guy but I literally caught an 'uhhh' in the first minute
Laurence Twissburne
Laurence Twissburne 4 yıl önce
anomaly P this is what he’s done for years. And that’s why I am here, give me some knowledge to apply to life.
NicosoftNT 4 yıl önce
14:48 HAHA first mistake he is human!!
Ahmed Attar
Ahmed Attar 4 yıl önce
He loves what he is doing.
Ch JA Yıl önce
This guy is such an amazing teacher! I now know what I missed out on not having attended Stanford. He is totally engaging, funny and interesting. It is like watching a Ted Talk. I can’t imagine him being this good on a daily basis. Lucky students!
Angala Johnson
Angala Johnson 20 gün önce
I love lectures they seem to be a more relaxed way of learning and you seem to hold the information better
The Electric Cheese Productions
What a brilliant opening. Elaborates on a scenario and brings attention to the mystery of it's reasons. Then presents a number of interesting proposals in quick succession, establishing the kind of things that are to be discussed in the lectures and implicitly saying these are to be discussed later on. He executes it so well.
limbli 5 aylar önce
Absolutely mind-blowing. What an incredible communicator this professor is. Thank you for sharing this freely with the world!
Joyce Yıl önce
Thankful that this is posted for everyone to access. There's nothing like the feeling of hanging onto every word of an incredible lecturer, especially when we don't have to worry about taking notes or grades!
Fungunomus Yıl önce
I started watching this playlist some five years ago... I'm now a grad student... in neuroscience. Sapolsky... this very video, actually... was my first introduction to the field... that field became my life. Returning to this is a crazy experience.
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Fluffy LittleBunny
I wanna go into neuroscience too :)
Moritz Korsch
Moritz Korsch Yıl önce
I hope you will have a good life and bring us closer to understanding ourselves.
Nathalie Legros
Nathalie Legros Yıl önce
That's amazing! 💪❤
chinmay chandraunshuh
i am so grateful that this piece of gem is available on the internet for free! i was attracted to click on this video because of the sheer amount of views it had, I thought," what could be so great about this video?" now while watching this I realised that it is quite insightful and informative piece which is presented beautifully! Thanks Stanford for uploading this great lecture by Mr. Sapolsky.
Sandria Cavassani
Sandria Cavassani Aylar önce
Incrível! Eu estou no minuto 7:22 e estou fascinada com esta aula. Obrigada por esse conteúdo!
Oli M
Oli M Aylar önce
This is honestly fantastic. Robert clearly adores the subject. Would have loved to be part of this class.
Tanzima 11 aylar önce
I am listening to this lecture totally out of curiosity and I find the lecture extremely informative, and enlightening. His interesting delivery of the lectures made me think about why I haven't done my major in human behavioral biology! I find the topic extremely interesting and I am gonna finish listening to all the lectures in this lecture series. Thank you for making the knowledge easily accessible.
Zachariah Norman
Zachariah Norman Aylar önce
This is awesome! Thank you for making it available to everyone!. Lectures hit different when you’re not pressured by grades..
nickacelvn Yıl önce
I would turn up for every single one of Robert Sapolskys lectures. The guy is the definition of an engaging educator.
Derek Saltamachia
I love that fly
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Glenn Money
Glenn Money Yıl önce
@Blue Cord Soldier aē
Glenn Money
Glenn Money Yıl önce
@Derek Saltamachia rçø
Lee Fonda
Lee Fonda 10 aylar önce
While living and studying in North America, I was so lucky to have professors like Mr. Sapolsky. While I was working for HP, Stanford folks would come around regularly on our campus to offer many post graduate programs. I was too busy at work to take that on, but I was lucky enough to work with and work for some folks who had graduated from these programs. Some of the best people I ever worked with who had incredible level of understanding. The education system that makes such lectures possible makes a great nation, albeit with all it's short comings. I now live in South Asia and the quality of education is so poor it's beyond explanation. You have people who were 10 levels below mediocre, graduating and teaching at the same institution. It's pathetic.
Judann Pec
Judann Pec Yıl önce
Just love to hear this professor. Would have loved to have him when I was in college. He loves to teach and loves people, relates really well with his students. And highly intelligent and has a unique interesting personality.
Rosie OS
Rosie OS Yıl önce
What a great professor! Congratulations to you all that are able to attend his classes. You rock prof!!!
MasterChief Yıl önce
I think we all underestimate the importance of teachers like professor Robert Sapolsky. A teacher, like him, not only tries to listen, see, and understand his students, but to also engage, educate, motivate and inspire his students. A great teacher wants to learn from his students and wants his students to ultimately surpass him and his work. He doesn't gatekeep, but enlightens others, seeks and invests in their full maturity and development. You can see he has passion and a sense of purpose and wants to guide others to their own success.
Darius Regis
Darius Regis Aylar önce
lou Yıl önce
The fact that the fall semester just finished and I was stressing out about school so happy it's finally over, then the next day I'm sat here voluntarily watching this whole thing speaks volumes to how good this professor is
Sara Garcia
Sara Garcia Yıl önce
I'm currently doing that same thing right now hahaha
marcia Yıl önce
@Sara Garcia it starts again soon 😢 dread
Sherry M.
Sherry M. Yıl önce
This is so impressive. I love it so much.
Lizzy Garlicki
Lizzy Garlicki 6 aylar önce
Love this series on the site. Thank you to Stanford for keeping these up. And THANK YOU Robert Sapolsky for sharing your knowledge to those willing to listen!
a n o n
a n o n Yıl önce
I can't afford to go to college and definitely not to Stanford, but it's something like this that makes me remember how much I love learning without the stress and pressure put on it with grades and whatnot. I'm 20 (21 tomorrow) but I remember when I turned 18 and was about to graduate high school and was so ready to go to college and experience exactly this. Then depression and family issues and financial issues and just so, so much that made it hard to go straight to college- but sometimes I hope that one day I get to experience this.
Danni Hecht
Danni Hecht Yıl önce
im sorry to hear that! you are not alone :)
spaghetti mkay
spaghetti mkay Yıl önce
This guy is a seriously gifted educator.
Alex Deinek
Alex Deinek Yıl önce
Human Behavioral Biology is one of the best and influential university courses I have ever encountered. Thank you Dr. Sapolsky, thank you Stanford.
J E Yıl önce
I really enjoy watching this, he’s creative in his teachings. I hope there’s more instructors like you,
viralnetwork 2 yıl önce
What a good lecturer. Tone changes, speed changes, jokes in interval, all while delivering succinct info
Ishu Rathore
Ishu Rathore 2 yıl önce
What else you expect from a top notch behavioral biology prof?
Kim Karlsen
Kim Karlsen 2 yıl önce
Matthew Montano
Matthew Montano 2 yıl önce
Wus tha mean.
Taryll Hanchard
Taryll Hanchard 2 yıl önce
Yes he’s very easy to understand. I find emphasis i super important cos allot of teachers don’t emphasise the important stuff
Karma Dharma
Karma Dharma Yıl önce
I’ve watched a few of his lectures. I like him. Smart guy. He seems not just genuine and entertaining but friendly too. I wish there were more professors / teachers like this.
Phil Bradbury
Phil Bradbury 11 aylar önce
Deeply absorbing series of lectures by a master of exposition - thank you Stanford for sharing. TRvid is an amazing resource and repository of knowledge; we are very lucky to have it.
Mrityunjay 2 aylar önce
Thank you for these lectures 🙏 This professor is Great 🙌
Fardin Rahman
Fardin Rahman 3 aylar önce
Love the lecture and the professor even more.
Abdallah Zidan | عبدالله زيدان
I'm Egyptian And I Think this course just changed the way I think about how my brain works Thank you, prof. Sapolsky and thank Stanford, for a moment I really hoped that I was born and raised in California and joined this university, but I'm grateful for finding out this course is free online
Sandeep Ventrapragada
The basic quality of a teacher is to provoke interest in his/her students on the subject if not it's their first failure, Here's one guy who really did that, absolutely riveting!
Vemuri Sriharsha
Vemuri Sriharsha 2 yıl önce
@anil kumar 😂😂
Vemuri Sriharsha
Vemuri Sriharsha 2 yıl önce
@anil kumar winden ani...ikkade pakkana
01 02
01 02 2 yıl önce
be careful..because, as I commented in my OP here: he's 100% wrong about what he said about the synchronization of the menses of women, how it happens. so, please don't go spreading around what he said about that. he has no idea what he's talking about.
OE U 2 yıl önce
@01 02 sweety it literally happens. I doubt you’re a woman. I’d suggest “further reading”
KandiXoXo 2 yıl önce
@01 02 It absolutely does happen.
Mikey  likey
Mikey likey Yıl önce
One of the most brilliant teachers I've ever heard and been privileged to listen to online keep up the good work these kind of things are going to help educate all of our young people I have kids and this is important for all of them 💯🧐🏁🙌🙏🥰😇😁
Aleksa Gordić - The AI Epiphany
Amazing teaching skills, and this whole course is a gold nugget! I'm approaching the course from the AI perspective and looking for what I can get out from this diverse set of related fields. 35:36 Wellesley effect - likely not a fact, all experiments seem to be disputed because of flaws
musicmist Yıl önce
What do you think of making AI better than humans? I mean about morality?
Dr. Joe's H/W Help
Dr. Joe's H/W Help 8 aylar önce
If you're a psychology student, there are five major perspectives in psychology you should know about. These are behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive, and biological. These are also called the "grand theories" because they address a very broad scope and attempt to understand human behavior as a whole, as opposed to focusing on a narrow part or function of it. Well, if homework is stressing you up or if you're having trouble juggling classes with work or life, send me an email, and I will help you out. Don't worry, this is 100% confidential and the quality is excellent.
ffic4life Yıl önce
So thankful that I can listen to this and learn on my own time. Seriously such a great idea and so helpful and useful. Thank you all involved
esther wiskel
esther wiskel Yıl önce
Love the professor 😍👍👏👏 He is very stimulating and makes me want to sit in his classes for several subjects
D@TRIO 2 yıl önce
Whenever he starts to explain something and you dont fully get what that really means in real life, he goes „let me give you an example“ and thats just brilliant!
gingerbill128 2 yıl önce
agreed , i am a big fan of examples when explaining things.
Frank Vega
Frank Vega 2 yıl önce
That’s how professors should teach. Not treat you like a scientist when you are a student yet.
markyruss 2 yıl önce
a sales technique - agree
Bhavya 2 yıl önce
When you needed examples this is not your place bro #facts😂🤷‍♀️
M D 2 yıl önce
I wish my all teachers taught like this in school, it makes it so much easier to learn!
R'up🥄 Yıl önce
This tutor is amazing. I was an English lit student haha... and I'm now here enchanted. He explains things so that they're understandable to all... I could take very many classes if he was my tutor
Israel Oliveira
Israel Oliveira 3 aylar önce
Cara isso é fantastico!!! Estou em estado de choque, isto é demais.
Rashad Houston
Rashad Houston Yıl önce
Phenomenal Professor. Taking the whole day to watch this and many other lectures.
Jimi Smith
Jimi Smith Yıl önce
I started the day with this lecture then listened to the following lectures for the rest of the day. This guy is brilliant. I really encourage everyone to follow through with the rest of these lectures.
Ashutosh Kapre
Ashutosh Kapre Yıl önce
Will do, Thanks.
Gaba Indica
Gaba Indica Aylar önce
Simplesmente SENSACIONAL
Tom Wiggins
Tom Wiggins 4 yıl önce
I am a Stanford grad. Biology of Behavior with Sapolsky was my favorite class. High recommendation to "take" this class here on youtube. And you won't have to take notes or do the readings or take the exams either...just absorb the information.
Magisterial Voyager
Magisterial Voyager 4 yıl önce
Cheers for telling this, mate!
What was your biggest take away from the course,If Imay ask?
Will S
Will S 4 yıl önce
@ROGER BALMACEDA me too, took the class in '96. I think this class showed me as an overarching theme, to really think critically about nuance. Most complicated things in life can not be boiled down to simple binary things. 'yes' or 'no'. 'nature' or 'nurture'. A simple/lazy mind will fight complexity by going down this default route. Fight this in your own mind!
Doc Holiday
Doc Holiday 4 yıl önce
@Will S Do you think determinism is binary? Or do you think it explains all human behaviour, or could explain all human behaviour if we had access to all the variables involved?
GLAMMED TV 4 yıl önce
Big Kahuna what was the book that he wrote that was recommended for the course?
Kruti Bhavsar
Kruti Bhavsar Yıl önce
I am a person with an academic background in plant sciences, have no idea how this field works but this lecture....! This lecture is pretty old, however, I discovered it lately, fortunately. And I'll turn up for each single lecture by this person posted here! Awesome experience.....!
Elysa Silva
Elysa Silva 4 aylar önce
GREAT CLASS!!! Thanks Dr Sapolsky!
itsahsah 4 aylar önce
Just started his book Behave and it is an incredibly funny and informative book. It reads just like his lectures.
Athena Elle
Athena Elle 10 aylar önce
I hail from psych bucket land (and embodied cognition but still) and this was recommended to me by a wonderful clinical neuroeconomist who shares my interest in a lot of different buckets and the understanding that buckets don’t really exist. What an incredible intro, so excited to take this journey 💜
Nicole Creighton
Nicole Creighton Yıl önce
This wonderfully articulates some points on empathy I preach that I have struggled to explain to others in the past. I’m definitely going to have to save the link to this; the next time I’m in a debate with someone trying to make the point to always lean towards the side of being kind to ourselves and others I’ll be sending them this :)
An Onymous
An Onymous Yıl önce
This would have to be the most appreciative comments section I have seen anywhere. Proof that most of us thirst for real knowledge because we are unsatiated by the daily sources of "knowledge". This professor nailed his role. Articulate, intelligent and witty while having an appearance that invites your attention. Best thing I have seen on TRvid to date, solely for the good it passed on to so many people.
jezebelisgone Yıl önce
Семен Антонов
You can't be smart or be nice. I am not offended by the opinion of nonentities
Wii Nguyen
Wii Nguyen Yıl önce
Lmao this is my therapy
Rainbow Bridge Restoration
I have a sister seeking a masters in western psych. She herself is an addict and her kids all have sexual identity issues as well as suicidal tendencies. She claimed not to be ABLE to go to her exes wedding bcuz she felt it unfair for him to be in a happy life when he was the reason she didn't have a happy life now....she's one who tries to fit in and so when in the home of those who care not to fit in she attempts to remove babies from their loving mothers in demand that they will not thrive socially....this is venango county Pennsylvania
Nerdelbaum Frink
Nerdelbaum Frink Yıl önce
"Most of us" seems to be a rather ignorant, or maybe just ignorantly hopeful, proclamation. There's certainly no proof here.
Joshua Owens
Joshua Owens Yıl önce
Alot of great insight coming from this professor, hes charismatic with his speaking but not in a scripted way, I can generally tell he enjoys whats he is doing and believes in his course.
Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith 3 aylar önce
Professor instructor sir, very informative... Thank you sharing your class and knowledge...
Lola Lawal
Lola Lawal Yıl önce
I'm reading Sapolsky's book "Behave" and I had to Come back to this video, the reason I fell in love with this brilliant man. I never had lecturers like this in University and I imagine id have been a much better student if I did. I absolutely love learning from him.
angel, baby.
angel, baby. 6 aylar önce
Do you have a link to the other book chaos?
North Nova13
North Nova13 11 aylar önce
This is amazing wow I wonder how many cream cheese bagels this professor has given out! Was this just random or does he do this with every class he starts! I never imagined I would be excited to watch a series like this after 20 minutes I’m hooked🙏🏻
Tasuku Koike
Tasuku Koike 2 yıl önce
Published 10 years ago -- and it has just hit 10M views. Thank you to Dr. Sapolsky and Stanford for sharing the most valuable of knowledge with us.
Krukrok Yıl önce
Thank you Stephanie Soressi
Loveschagerstrom Yıl önce
sami flaggan?
Bryant Givens
Bryant Givens Yıl önce
Life changing and thought provoking, thank you for your passion in the subject !
Dominik Ewald
Dominik Ewald Yıl önce
OMG - I study in four different countries biotechnology but no teacher gets me on board in the first round! Perfectly explaining!
Stefano Gabbani
Stefano Gabbani 3 aylar önce
This opened my eyes on how problematic categorical thinking could be, quite a revelation
ReidnLori Kincaid
ReidnLori Kincaid 8 aylar önce
This man is brilliant. I am so grateful for this course.
Rhonda Orberson
Rhonda Orberson 7 aylar önce
As someone who possessed neither the academic skills nor the financial means to attend a prestigious university as a young adult, it is not lost on me now at age 51 just how absolutely incredible it is that the entirety of the world's knowledge is available to me with just a few clicks. I will never not be in awe of it.
Basti Yıl önce
Relevance 0:15 1. Physiology and behaviour 3:17 2a. Categorical thinking 7:27 2b. Multi-level approach 🪣 20:22 3. similarities, repurposing, peculiarities 33:06 Course structure 41:05 Organizational matters 42:50
Alex Mayes
Alex Mayes Yıl önce
Zannah Martell
Zannah Martell Yıl önce
You gem! 😊
Khola Yıl önce
yes, yes, yes
Isa Yıl önce
kon Yıl önce
Anything past 41:05 isn't relevant for those who are simply watching this online.
Jane Richards
Jane Richards Yıl önce
This is life changing having Professor Sapolsky teaching us about life and ourselves. Magnificent way of teaching. Night time listening until I fall asleep. Does anyone here know the name of the text book he is talking about prior to and after mentioning Baby Beluga ?
lajos molnár
lajos molnár 9 aylar önce
It's the zebra one!
Isaac Clodfelter
Isaac Clodfelter Yıl önce
One of the best lectures I have listened to. Endlessly engaging, at least to me.
Suitov Yıl önce
This was a really good session zero. The approach makes sense and I'm convinced I'm going to enjoy this series.
Raydensheraj 8 aylar önce
Wow.... incredible. 16 million views....it shows.... Evolutionary theory mixed with a gifted teacher are a successful combination. I'm happy so many people are trying to understand the natural world and ourselves....
ezra 7 aylar önce
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us 🙏you will be part of my personal development
DBDj0nts 3 yıl önce
Can this guy teach everything? He is so concise, calm and articulated. He makes me want to go back to school.
Karen Hovgaard
Karen Hovgaard 3 yıl önce
My thoughts exactly. I wish I studied psychology.
DBDj0nts 3 yıl önce
@Karen Hovgaard same here! I'm starting to think maybe information technology wasn't the field meant for me. I really enjoy these videos.
Rider 3 yıl önce
But his beard. Urgh
Gesellschaft 3 yıl önce
@Rider Yeah I'm jealous of it too.
Danilo Batista
Danilo Batista 3 yıl önce
@Rider comon you enjoy his talk and ability to pass on HIS knowledge, is beard is cool, but apart of that. would we rather be though by a moron in a tie clean shaved, who stands talking but can pass on the teaching? those are the majority , that's why people quit Uni, but Teachers like are the best with or without beard. keep well and enjoy the learning
Max Garcia
Max Garcia 23 gün önce
Man, I was just sitting here wishing I could afford to go back to school and here pops up a series of 50+ lectures from the university I dreamed of going to as a little kid. Life is cool sometimes.
Stegosaurus 6 aylar önce
I am starting the course now and am stoked. After watching the intro, I am reminded of the mythology of 18th-century English major William Blake. The arch-nemesis in his worldview is Urizen, the impulse to reduce the world by measuring it. His ideal is the unbounded imagination, realizing the infinite in everything.
James Arnold
James Arnold Yıl önce
Thank you. Working through my own issues, and I really appreciate listening to your lecture. I really enjoyed listening.
Theron Wolf
Theron Wolf Yıl önce
I just stumbled on this. I'll be following the rest of this series, so well presented. I had read 'Chaos' years ago. Now I'm retired and have some time for re-acquainting myself with a number of fields.
A vida Q sonhei
A vida Q sonhei 6 aylar önce
Ótima matéria!!!
Kasamira Yıl önce
This professor is wonderful, I’ve been in a lot of lectures and the way he immediately captured my attention, held it, injected humor, and made me like him- was fantastic. Intro to human behavior indeed.
Saskia Scott
Saskia Scott Yıl önce
Yeah the intro story was genius.
x y z
x y z Yıl önce
takeaway from this course?
jen Yıl önce
do you know if there is a website to get the lecture material
MikeK Yıl önce
I've slept through a lot of lectures. Wouldn't have it this guy was teaching.
Carol Nahigian
Carol Nahigian Yıl önce
He is a Keeper! fascinating !
John O'Neill
John O'Neill Yıl önce
Found out I got Bradypnea (slow breathing) self-diagnosed which causes dizziness and other symptoms. Normal breathing rate is 10-14 cycles per minute that is 10-14 x breathe in/breathe out. It takes months to retrain your breathing they say. I’d be interested to see how many breathes others take. Even 10 breathes a minute seems very fast to me, more like puffing than breathing, it’s a hard pace to maintain.
Paul Reynolds
Paul Reynolds Yıl önce
Watched this lecture for the first time about 3 years ago in highschool. I am now only a couple semesters away from finishing my Behavioral Neuroscience degree. Butterfly effect in full force.
Liam Victoria
Liam Victoria Yıl önce
You're almost finished with your neuroscience degree in 3 years? Interesting...
classic catastrophe
classic catastrophe 10 aylar önce
never been to stanford but his lectures are amazing blend of fun and information
Bookgains 4 aylar önce
"Fall into categorical thinking and you can do unspeakable damage in a realm of science that makes the difference." - Professor