25-lecture Course: Human Behavioral Biology (Stanford BIO 250)

25-lecture Course: Human Behavioral Biology (Stanford BIO 250)

25-lecture Course: Human Behavioral Biology (Stanford BIO 250)

This is a biology course presented by Stanford University. It 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.

The course is taught by Robert Sapolsky. Sapolsky is a Professor of Biology, Neurosurgery, Neurology & Neurological Sciences at Stanford University.

25-lecture Course: Human Behavioral Biology (Stanford BIO 250), 9.3 out of 10 based on 149 ratings

17 thoughts on “25-lecture Course: Human Behavioral Biology (Stanford BIO 250)

  1. Kiril Palazov

    What an incredibly enlightening series of lectures. What makes it particularly outstanding is Mr.Sapolsky’s ability to integrate the findings and methods of myriad related fields, along with their historical contexts, towards understanding animal behavior.
    While I found he sometimes falls into the trap of “categorical thinking”, which he explicitly warns against, I’m exciting at the amount of completely new ideas I’ve learned during these lectures.

    Thank you very much!

  2. Karen Lewicki

    Is it possible to get the reading list and assignments for this course? I – and the people I’m following it with – would be grateful.

    And thank you so much for putting it up!

    1. mark

      hi, i tried to click on the reading list but it did not work, any chance you could send me a copy to my email address please?

      thanks, mark

  3. Sarah Z

    I enjoyed this series. I would say it is more of a hitlist of interesting (though debatable) conclusions from various studies than a means to a deep, critical understanding of the research in this area. There is simply not enough information on the methodological details of any of the studies reviewed, nor enough coverage of the range of studies relevant to a given topic, to really bring the audience up to speed on research in the topic areas addressed. Good as a teaser.

  4. judy ross

    Where are the lectures??!! I am on #11 and went back today and they are not available, are they permanently removed??? please don’t say that is the case.

  5. Anna L.

    I loved this course. A few of the lectures I heard twice. This Prof. sure knows how to tell a story and engage his audience. He makes learning easy– the sign of a great teacher. If as I suspect, the intent here is to popularize science; then Prof. Sapolsky has achieved it. I’m hooked. Thank you for this important public service, Stanford. My time was well spent.

    I appreciate the links provided here by my virtual classmates.

  6. John G.

    This course is great and Dr. Saplosky is a great teacher and communicator. I watched the course on iTunes University about 6 months ago and it enlightened be to so much of how humans work. I applied his lesson of not falling into a bucket of one field or idea transcends just biological sciences but all aspects of knowledge. I would truly like to say thank you to everyone that was involved in making this knowledge available to everyone. I think this course is one that everyone should take in their life because it provides a level of understanding of human behavior for the layperson that is invaluable. Also, I recommend searching out the lecture on religion. I understand why it was left out, but it is worth searching for in my opinion.

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