The Great Courses: Better Living
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  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History |  The Great Courses

    Food: A Cultural Culinary History

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ken Albala
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    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."

    One of my top 3 favorite courses!

    I love the audio editions of these courses, but would love to have access to some printed materials to go along with it.

    Reviewed on December 28 2013 by Jessica (WOODLAND HILLS, CA, United States)
  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation |  The Great Courses

    Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
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    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.

    Intermittently thought-provoking

    I learned a lot from this course, although parts of it are more valuable than others. The best sections are those which give advice on meditation prac..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 29 2013 by David (Halifax, NS, Canada)
  • The Science of Natural Healing |  The Great Courses

    The Science of Natural Healing

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mimi Guarneri
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    Delve into the world of holistic healthcare, the range of nature-based methods and treatments that are both clinically proven and readily available to you-and that provide an alternative way for you to nurture your own optimal health, disarm stress, and deepen the experience of well-being.These 24 compelling and practical lectures offer a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

    Uneven, several problems

    I found parts to be interesting and the description and examples of integrative medicine to be for the most part useful; there is such a strong focus ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 17 2014 by ViennaMom ()
  • Nutrition Made Clear |  The Great Courses

    Nutrition Made Clear

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roberta H. Anding
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    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    Needs a side book
    Reviewed on August 26 2013 by Angela (Playa del Aguila, Spain)
  • Stress and Your Body |  The Great Courses, Robert Sapolsky

    Stress and Your Body

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Sapolsky
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Sapolsky
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    (415)
    Performance
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    Story
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    Feeling stressed? You're not alone. Stress is an inherent aspect of life that can have tremendous negative effects on your mental and physical health. This makes coping with stress a critical part of how well we live.Once you understand the inner workings of your stress response system, you'll possess powerful knowledge that will help you understand and better deal with this common aspect of your busy life.

    Same content as Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

    Very disappointed that 90% of the content in these lectures comes straight from his book Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers. I was expecting to hear the same..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 30 2016 by David (USA)
  • Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age |  The Great Courses

    Lifelong Health: Achieving Optimum Well-Being at Any Age

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
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    Performance
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    We all want to discover the secret to a long and healthy life. But how do you incorporate the secrets of personal wellness into the unique demands of your own schedule? What information would a knowledgeable and compassionate family physician offer someone looking for a reference guide to healthy living? These 36 comprehensive lectures offer you practical and expert advice that allows you to make your own personalized choices about healthy living, as well as ways to apply that knowledge to your lifestyle.

    Excellent. Intelligent.

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Dr. Goodman was a great speaker. I loved his pace and his ability to speak in layman's terms without it..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 14 2013 by Janie (Michigan)
  • The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness |  The Great Courses

    The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
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    Performance
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    Story
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    We all want to live long, healthy, and happy lives. But the path to achieve this-fitness and nutrition-is fraught with popular yet dangerously misleading myths about personal wellness. How do you separate the fact from the fiction? How can you recognize when you're doing your body more harm than good? Scientific knowledge has greatly expanded our understanding of how the human body works, laying many previously held ideas about fitness and nutrition to rest.

    Loved some of the De-bunked Myths

    For instance, that in addition to water, other liquids including coffee and tea can be counted as hydration. According to Goodman, they are very mild..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 17 2014 by SamanthaG (Marietta GA)
  • Memory and the Human Lifespan |  The Great Courses

    Memory and the Human Lifespan

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steve Joordens
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    Performance
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    Story
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    What if your memory suddenly vanished, so that you could no longer summon recollections of anything at all? What if you couldn't even remember yourself-not your name, your school, where you worked, or even the face of the total stranger staring back at you from the mirror? This intriguing series of 24 lectures by an honored researcher and teacher explains not only how the various aspects of your memory operate, but the impact memory has on your daily experience of life.

    Generally good

    Parts, especially the earlier chapters, were very helpful and interesting. The chapter on dementia was quite disappointing as the lecturer seems to h..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 16 2015 by CAS ()
  • The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know |  The Great Courses

    The First Amendment and You: What Everyone Should Know

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John E. Finn
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    (55)
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    Story
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    A mere 45 words, the First Amendment to the Constitution stands as a pillar of our democracy and has had an incalculable influence on the development of human freedom in the United States and the Western world. To study the First Amendment is to learn something about the meaning of America and who "We the People" are - and to see the significant and far-reaching cultural implications of this fundamental constitutional provisions. These 12 practical lectures offer a guide to understanding the protections and limitations implied by the First Amendment.

    Important topic but hard to follow

    I am a political junkie and the US Constitution is particularly interesting and important to me. I feel very strongly that the Bill of Rights is an i..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 28 2014 by Garshom L. Arkoff (SANTA ROSA, CA, United States)
  • Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century |  The Great Courses, Jeffrey Rosen

    Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses, Jeffrey Rosen
    • Narrated By Professor Jeffrey Rosen
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    Although the courts have struggled to balance the interests of individuals, businesses, and law enforcement, the proliferation of intrusive new technologies puts many of our presumed freedoms in legal limbo. For instance, it's not hard to envision a day when websites such as Facebook or Google Maps introduce a feature that allows real-time tracking of anyone you want, based on face-recognition software and ubiquitous live video feeds.

    Useful overview of your rights. Good to know.

    I found this quite interesting and useful. It isn't a replacement for a lawyer, but it might help you figure out when your rights are being violated ..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 23 2016 by Kelid ()
  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us |  The Great Courses

    Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
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    In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

    Beware the detractors

    There is a plethora of information here--much more than can be retained from one listening.

    Reviewed on September 07 2014 by Lotsaluck (ALHAMBRA, CA, United States)
  • Scientific Secrets for Self-Control |  The Great Courses

    Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor C. Nathan DeWall
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    Join an expert in self-control research for six engaging and inspirational lessons that shatter the myths about willpower and replace them with verifiable science that can make the seemingly unattainable finally possible. Packed with eye-opening studies, experiments, and exercises to strengthen your self-control when dealing with money, fitness, personal relationships, and more, this course will have you wondering why you ever doubted yourself.

    Don't skimp on this one

    This one starts out alright but there are a LOT of things that one can find wrong with the experiments spoken about later on. This is only 3hrs but it..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 11 2013 by DaemonZeiro (Burlington, VT)
  • Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive |  The Great Courses

    Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter M. Vishton
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    Performance
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    Parenting advice isn't hard to find. There are thousands of books on the subject, as well as a multitude of websites. Much has also been written on the science of child development. What's been lacking, however, are sources of reliable advice that bring together the scientific research and its real-world applications.

    Valuable Information, But Lots of Citations
    Reviewed on March 24 2015 by Rich (Austin, TX USA)
  • Moral Decision Making: How to Approach Everyday Ethics |  The Great Courses

    Moral Decision Making: How to Approach Everyday Ethics

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Clancy Martin
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    Performance
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    Story
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    Whether or not we're aware of them, we make important ethical decisions all the time - as professionals, consumers, citizens, parents, sons and daughters, and friends. These 24 thought-provoking lectures offer you the chance to reflect on some of the most powerful moral issues we face in our daily lives: Is it ever OK to lie? What are our moral obligations to others? What is the key to living the good life? From Plato to Kant to Bonhoeffer, you'll see how some of the world's greatest thinkers from across the ages have approached similar problems.

    Easy-followed down-to-earth relevant ethics course

    In 24 lectures prof. Clancy Martin makes his listeners realise that moral decision making is an important, yet often neglected part of life. He initia..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 19 2014 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health |  The Great Courses

    Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jason M. Satterfield
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
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    Cutting-edge research on the brain's interaction with the body shows that health is directly impacted by our social environments, socioeconomic status, culture, behaviors, relationships, psychological states, and habits of mind, among many factors. Mind-body medicine-working in partnership with traditional medical practice-uses a large range of psychological, physical, and behavioral treatments in a model of health care that aims to treat the whole human being.

    Worth a read for anyone with interest in medical

    Very good series of lectures gripping and provides a good knowledge of few of the modern day diseases.

    Reviewed on October 23 2015 by Srikant (Bangalore, India)
  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are |  The Great Courses, David Livermore

    Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David Livermore
    • Narrated By Professor David Livermore
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    Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

    Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses

    I absolutely love The Great Courses. I've listened to at least 30 of them, and I have to say that Customs of the World might be my favorite. It was so..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 17 2013 by Quaker (United States)
  • Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy |  The Great Courses

    Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John Philip Colletta
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    Performance
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    Story
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    Genealogy is a journey of self-discovery that can teach you as much about yourself as about those who came before you. But there's an obstacle that holds many of us back from unearthing our family history: uncertainty about how to go about it. With Dr. Colletta's 15 lectures, you'll learn the same skills and methodologies the experts use to solve genealogical mysteries, to create compelling nonfiction narratives, and to uncover information from the long-forgotten past in the most effective ways possible.

    Colletta's At The Top of His Game!

    I have been busily working on my family tree for several years now, but after listening to this audio-book, I realized just how much information I hav..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 31 2015 by Kathy (Davis, CA, United States)
  • The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being |  The Great Courses

    The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being

    • ORIGINAL (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ronald Siegel
    Overall
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    Performance
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    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.

    Well organized, thorough and entertaining

    Well organized, thorough and entertaining

    Reviewed on December 20 2014 by bonster (Philadelphia, PA United States)
  • Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids |  The Great Courses

    Raising Emotionally and Socially Healthy Kids

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Doctor Eileen Kennedy-Moore
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    Drawing from the her extensive clinical experience-as well as personal experience as a mother of four-these 12 lectures provide a deeper understanding of your child's development and ways to address common stumbling blocks with compassion.

    Not a lot of new information

    Some good ideas, most of which I have heard before. I listened to the course Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids who Thrive and it had a lot more scie..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 23 2015 by Terrill ()
  • An Introduction to Infectious Diseases |  The Great Courses

    An Introduction to Infectious Diseases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Barry C. Fox
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (188)

    Cut through the medical myths and get a solidly scientific guide to keeping yourself and your loved ones as protected as possible from pathogens, including a no-nonsense guide to vaccinations, tips on keeping a healthier home environment, and valuable advice for world travelers.

    easy to understand intro to infectious diseases

    informative, accessible, entertaining

    Reviewed on May 27 2015 by Anthony (MANASSAS, VA, United States)
  • The Addictive Brain |  The Great Courses

    The Addictive Brain

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thad A. Polk, Ph.D.
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    Performance
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    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.

    Enlightening and absorbing.

    This course exceeded my expectations and has given me insight into understanding the problems and difficulties of those trying to recover from addicti..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 24 2015 by Harriet Meikle (United Kingdom)
  • Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders |  The Great Courses

    Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Craig H. Heller
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    Sleep is the subject of intense scientific debate among biologists and neuroscientists. Why must we spend about one-third of our lives asleep? What exactly is sleep? Why does a lack of sleep impair our cognitive abilities and leave us vulnerable to a host of medical issues ranging from obesity to reduced resistance to infectious disease?

    This is what to listen to BEFORE you see a doctor!

    (or after) ;)

    The very first lecture had me hesitant, it seems a bit fluffy- but the later lectures were deliciously efficient with communica..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 03 2015 by DaemonZeiro (Burlington, VT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain |  The Great Courses

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jason M. Satterfield
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    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.

    Great addition to my counseling practice

    I highly recommend this book to psychology practitioners and motivated clients. It is well organized and well read. I listen while I do my daily exerc..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 09 2016 by Stephanie-Samantha (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy |  The Great Courses

    How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Kimberlee Bethany Bonura
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
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    Wouldn't it be great if you could wake up every morning with an unending reserve of energy? Get a step-by-step guide and toolkit that will spark your life with a jolt of vitality. It's not just a list of "superfoods" or trendy exercises; the course takes a rigorous scientific approach to human vitality. Energy is a limited resource; learn to allocate yours in the best way possible to make the most of each day.

    Worst great course for me

    Patronizing style with a number of claims thrown in it made it hard to completely listen to it. Nearly Nothing resonated. Only the importance of sleep..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 16 2016 by marc ()
  • Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine |  The Great Courses

    Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (505)

    In Dr. Benaroch's 24 lectures, experience for yourself the high-stakes drama and medical insights of life in an everyday emergency department: the most intense department in any hospital and home to the kind of split-second decision making, troubleshooting, and detective work that can make the difference between a patient's life and death.

    If you're into this sort of thing....

    I have always been interested in medicine, and perhaps regret that I chose engineering instead, as a professional discipline. I especially enjoy medic..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 27 2015 by Norman B. Bernstein (Stoughton, MA)
  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases |  The Great Courses

    Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
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    (1335)
    Story
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    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Enthralled!

    Actually, I've listened to it twice now and plan a third! I learn something new each time, and the professor's style is enjoyable and comfortable. A..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 09 2014 by Kindle Customer ()
  • Medical School for Everyone: Pediatrics Grand Rounds |  The Great Courses

    Medical School for Everyone: Pediatrics Grand Rounds

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
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    Pediatrics, which focuses on the medical care of children from birth through adolescence, is one of the most fascinating areas of modern medicine. To step into the shoes of a trained pediatrician is to better understand how these medical heroes diagnose common and uncommon illnesses in their young patients, helping each child grow into his or her greatest potential. In these 24 lectures, don the doctor's white coat for an accessible journey into the world of pediatric medicine to solve medical mysteries.

    Wish I would have found this earlier

    Loved this recording - I only wish I would have found it before nursing boards, would have been helpful to review with!

    Great case studies an..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 02 2016 by Rachel ()
  • The Science of Integrative Medicine |  The Great Courses

    The Science of Integrative Medicine

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Brent A. Bauer
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
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    The Science of Integrative Medicine, produced in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic - one of the finest health institutions on the planet - provides you with 12 informative lectures on the science-based facts and historical context of commonly used integrative treatments. You'll get a foundational explanation of this diverse new field of medicine, which will give you the knowledge you need to explore these techniques and improve your wellness.

    Thank you Dr. Bauer

    This was lovely. So informative. So easy to listen to. Just the right blend of science and actionable items. I'm a health coach and I completely suppo..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 15 2016 by Rosie Bank ()
  • The Aging Brain |  The Great Courses

    The Aging Brain

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thad A. Polk
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (277)

    We're all getting older every day, and scientific research has shown that starting in our 20s, some brain functions begin a linear decline. But is old age all doom and gloom? Not at all! While it's true that some functions in the aging brain decline, neuroscientists have discovered that many other brain functions remain stable - or even improve - as we age.

    Getting Older Smarter!

    Great course; should be required listening for everyone under thirty. They might arrive at my age (77) in better shape than I did. Great instructor ...Show More »

    Reviewed on July 16 2016 by Hadley V. Stacey (Colorado, United States)
  • Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You |  The Great Courses

    Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter M. Vishton
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (547)

    The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.

    Great scientific self help information!

    This course is awesome, no fluff just real strategies that can improve your life! love the section about imagery and how to use it , and the science ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 19 2016 by Kindle Customer (Starship14!)
  • Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience |  The Great Courses

    Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Indre Viskontas
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (394)
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    Much of the layperson's knowledge of the brain is predicated on a lack of understanding about this mysterious organ. To start building a more straightforward, accurate understanding of current breakthroughs in neuroscience, you have to start by shattering popular brain myths.

    Great lecturer, very enjoyable

    Having read and studied a lot in this area, I did not expect to learn many new fact, or busting of old myths, but in fact I did. And the things I alr..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 14 2017 by Jared T Wilsey ()
  • How to Make Stress Work for You |  The Great Courses

    How to Make Stress Work for You

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kimberlee Bethany Bonura, PhD
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Trying to live a completely stress-free life is a zero-sum game. The true goal of your relationship with stress is to figure out how to manage it effectively, how to use it to build and support a meaningful, resilient life. In these 18 enriching and inspiring lectures, discover how to manage and minimize the stress in your life. You'll explore the nuances of stress in ways you never really considered. Rooted in scientific findings from experiments, research papers, and case studies, these lectures offer you nothing less than a bold new way of facing (and appreciating) daily life.

    Exceptional Delivery

    This was an incredibly interesting class combining scientific studies, medical research, yoga, mindfulness and a host of other disciplines that weave ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 12 2017 by Laura Nettleton (PITTSBURGH, PA, US)
  • The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief |  The Great Courses

    The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pain Relief

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Barbara K. Bruce
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
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    If your life or the life of someone you love has been hijacked by pain, you're not alone. One out of every three US adults lives with chronic pain - pain that can rob you of your vitality, confidence, friendships, intimacy, and even your will to live. But it doesn't have to be that way. That's why the experts at Mayo Clinic have teamed with The Great Courses to craft this research-based guide to pain relief and recovery.

    Good ideas for the chronic pain

    I have had cancer so some of this did not apply. I am in chronic pain now with another disease, I hope this will help me with some relief.
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    Reviewed on April 06 2017 by Russell Bernard (Salt Lake City, Utah United States)
  • Food, Science, and the Human Body |  The Great Courses

    Food, Science, and the Human Body

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alyssa Crittenden
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    What foods did the human body evolve to eat, and why? How does the food we eat affect our genes and our minds? What foods are (and aren't) optimal for our everyday health? How can we use cutting-edge science to end world hunger? In these 36 lectures, get eye-opening answers to these and other perplexing questions about the evolution of the human diet and its relationship to our bodies.

    easy to listen to and follow

    This book was In depth and informative. voice was nice to listen to and easy to follow .

    Reviewed on September 29 2017 by melissa Reed (BUENA VISTA, VA, US)
  • Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence |  The Great Courses

    Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jason M. Satterfield
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    We have all had experiences with people that prove that those with the highest IQs are not always the most successful. What could these very smart people be missing? Chances are it's emotional intelligence (EQ) - the ability to perceive, understand, and manage emotions in ourselves and others. Sounds very powerful, doesn't it? Could we really manage our own emotions, as opposed to having our emotions run the show? Could we really effect change in the emotions of our coworkers or family members?

    Very informative.

    very informative. Great use of role playing to get point across. Will need to listen to several times.

    Reviewed on September 19 2017 by Nathan Van Name ()
  • The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life |  The Great Courses

    The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Dr. Eddie O'Connor
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    "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice. Practice. Practice." Today, the relatively new science of performance psychology tells us that old answer is incomplete at best. In The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life, clinical sport psychologist Eddie O'Connor, PhD, shares the best ways for you to reach your personal Carnegie Hall based on the latest scientific research - whether your performance environment is music, dance, business, or sport.

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