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Robert Sapolsky



Robert Sapolsky, PhD, is an American neuroendocrinologist and author who both focuses on research and lecturing students around the world on the topics of neurobiology, physiology, and biological anthropology. His research has primarily centered around stress and degeneration of neurons.

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Stress, Portrait of a Killer - Full Documentary (2008)

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Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (Third Edition)

As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear—and the ones that plague us now—are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer.

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How Economic Inequality Inflicts Real Biological Harm

The growing gulf between rich and poor inflicts biological damage on bodies and brains.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageI love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.

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Why Your Brain Hates Other People: And How to Make It Think Differently.

It’s been said, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don’t.” In reality, there’s lots more of the former.

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How to Relieve Stress: Robert M. Sapolsky Explains Why Stress Can Become a Chronic Problem—And How We Can Reduce the Toll It Takes on Our Lives.

Robert M. Sapolsky explains why stress can become a chronic problem—and how we can reduce the toll it takes on our lives.

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Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals

Welcome to Monkeyluv, a curious and entertaining collection of essays about the human animal in all its fascinating variety, from Robert M. Sapolsky, America’s most beloved neurobiologist/primatologist.

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Robert Sapolsky Discusses Physiological Effects of Stress

Why do humans and their primate cousins get more stress-related diseases than any other member of the animal kingdom? The answer, says Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, is that people, apes and monkeys are highly intelligent, social creatures with far too much spare time on their hands.

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The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

Leading scientists and science writers reflect on the life-changing, perspective-changing, new science of human goodness. Where once science painted humans as self-seeking and warlike, today scientists of many disciplines are uncovering the deep roots of human goodness.

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Making Sense: Conversations on Consciousness, Morality, and the Future of Humanity

Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and bestselling author—has been exploring some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events on his podcast, Making Sense.

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