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    • The Addictive Brain

    • By: Thad A. Polk, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Thad A. Polk
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693

    The Addictive Brain is a fair and balanced investigation of addiction, backed by hard science and behavioral science. Most of us have probably seen the old antidrug commercial in which an actor compares your brain on drugs to an egg sizzling in a hot frying pan. That's a powerful image, but it doesn't tell us what actually happens when drugs enter your body and interact with neurochemical processes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent.

    • By marilyn popko on 03-16-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
    • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571

    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great addition to my counseling practice

    • By Stephanie-Samantha on 01-09-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671

    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good lectures on mindfulness!

    • By Mike on 09-19-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Science of Mindfulness

    • A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
    • By: Ronald Siegel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ronald Siegel
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285

    Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life? Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain's hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Even more worthwhile with these study aids

    • By Cluelass on 07-19-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Learning Brain

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Thad A. Polk PhD Carnegie Mellon University
    • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 11
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    One of the most complicated and advanced computers on Earth can't be purchased in any store. This astonishing device, responsible for storing and retrieving vast quantities of information that can be accessed at a moment's notice, is the human brain. How does such a dynamic and powerful machine make memories, learn a language, and remember how to drive a car? What habits can we adopt in order to learn more effectively throughout our lives? The answers to these questions are merely the tip of the iceberg in The Learning Brain.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Latest on Brain Resear

    • By Allan Starkey on 05-31-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Law School for Everyone

    • By: The Great Courses, Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, and others
    • Narrated by: Edward K. Cheng, Joseph L. Hoffmann, Molly Bishop Shadel, and others
    • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 449
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 389
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 385

    Over the span of 48 lectures, four experienced lawyers and teachers recreate key parts of the first-year law student experience, introducing you to main areas of law most every beginning student studies. Enriched with famous cases from the annals of American law and powerful arguments by some of history's most successful lawyers, these lectures offer access to an often intimidating, surprisingly accessible, and civically important field.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Interesting and Entertaining

    • By Timothy D. Sowell on 11-24-17

    Regular price: $52.95

    • The Celtic World

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Jennifer Paxton PhD
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 143
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    Following the surge of interest and pride in Celtic identity since the 19th century, much of what we thought we knew about the Celts has been radically transformed. In The Celtic World, discover the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose art, language, and culture once spread from Ireland to Austria. This series of 24 enlightening lectures explains the traditional historical view of who the Celts were, then contrasts it with brand-new evidence from DNA analysis and archeology that totally changes our perspective on where the Celts came from.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I like the subject, like the Prof! Well don!!!

    • By Mary on 04-24-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven Novella
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,984
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,405
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,323

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Same Material Different Title

    • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
    • Length: 30 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158

    Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Hard Review to Write

    • By Ark1836 on 11-20-15

    Regular price: $59.95

    • Why You Are Who You Are

    • Investigations into Human Personality
    • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Leary
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
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      5 out of 5 stars 136
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly informative - thought provoking insights

    • By Dan on 03-30-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Robert Garland
    • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,503
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,093
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,057

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tantalizing time trip

    • By Mark on 08-21-13

    Regular price: $52.95

    • Building a Better Vocabulary

    • By: Kevin Flanigan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kevin Flanigan
    • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

    Building a Better Vocabulary offers an intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of English, teaches you the etymology and morphology - or the history and structure - of words, and delves into the cognitive science behind committing new words to long-term memory. By the end of the 36 enjoyable lectures, you will have a practical framework for continuing to build your vocabulary by discovering new words and fully mastering the nuances of familiar ones.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply amazing. Also, bad reviews can be explained.

    • By Christie on 09-29-15

    Regular price: $41.95

    • English Grammar Boot Camp

    • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 827
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 740
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 730

    Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best lecture series what I have ever heard

    • By Mark on 04-21-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Great Mythologies of the World

    • By: The Great Courses, Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, and others
    • Narrated by: Grant L. Voth, Julius H. Bailey, Kathryn McClymond, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 35 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
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      4 out of 5 stars 1,203
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192

    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Three Fantastic Lecturers, + one iffy one.

    • By Christopher on 12-03-15

    Regular price: $59.95

    • Ancient Mesopotamia

    • Life in the Cradle of Civilization
    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Amanda H. Podany PhD
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    Mesopotamia is the ancient name for the region that is now Iraq, a remarkably advanced civilization that flourished for two-thirds of the time that civilization has existed on Earth. Mesopotamians mastered irrigation agriculture; built the first complex urban societies; developed writing, literature, and law; and united vast regions through warfare and diplomacy. While civilizations like Greece and Rome have an unbroken tradition of written histories, the rich history of Mesopotamia has only been recently rediscovered, thanks to the decipherment of Mesopotamia's cuneiform writing less than 200 years ago.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating, informative, an amazing experience.

    • By GNG on 06-18-18

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Critical Business Skills for Success

    • By: The Great Courses, Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, and others
    • Narrated by: Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, Michael A. Roberto, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

    What does it take to reach success in business - the kind of success that lasts? How do you set yourself apart from competitors or venture out into different markets? What does it take to develop streamlined processes, become a stronger team leader, and work your way up the corporate ladder?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Epic! It's like a complete 1st year MBA Curriculum

    • By Quaker on 05-22-15

    Regular price: $59.95

    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,673
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,421
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,387

    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

    • By SAMA on 03-11-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: James Hynes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875

    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Theory AND Practice

    • By Madeleine on 11-19-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ken Albala
    • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,419
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162

    Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of my top 3 favorite courses!

    • By Jessica on 12-28-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,868
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,540
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483

    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great primer for hard SF fans and physics laymen

    • By David on 01-05-15

    Regular price: $34.95

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