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Lu

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  • Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Sapolsky
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    When are we responsible for our own actions, and when are we in the grip of biological forces beyond our control? What determines who we fall in love with? The intensity of our spiritual lives? The degree of our aggressive impulses? These questions fall into the scientific province of behavioral biology, the field that explores interactions between the brain, mind, body, and environment that have a surprising influence on how we behave.

    Douglas says: "Perfect Follow Up"
    "Fascinating; only wish it were longer..."
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    Would you listen to Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition again? Why?

    Yes, the information presented in the course is accessible and fascinating, but there is simply so much of it...


    Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Sapolsky – was your favorite?

    Professor Sapolsky did not perform any "characters," as would be expected in a course like this. But his tone was always engaging and sometimes humorous. This book was never dry and always informative.

    One small caveat: He spends a large section toward the end of the book focusing on the biology of aggression. I do wish he had devoted more time to other topics more--certain mental disorders, the neurobiology of mood in a resting state, etc. But there are only so many hours in a day, I realize.

    All in all, this series is just wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure why another reviewer gave this series a low rating because some supplemental/print materials are not present with the course. There's a disclaimer in bold right beneath the publisher's summary.

    I didn't feel that my experience of the series was lessened in the slightest by not having these "extra" materials, and I started listening with only some (very) basic familiarity with neuroscience.

    The only thing I see being a potential snag is visualizing a nerve cell, but that's easy to google.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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