The Connection Between Biology and Behavior


For a greater understanding of what makes us tick, Professor Robert Sapolsky of Stanford university teaches a course called Introduction to behavioral biology. These videos provide biological insight into the behaviors of many species, but the primary focus is on human behavior. It covers the biological underpinnings of such things as why some people snap and do outrageous and destructive things, why we have a range of cooperative and competitive behavioral biases, the impact of family relationships and our developmental environment on behavioral inclinations, gender specific differences, and what we know about the biological and behavioral markers that are thought to contribute to sexual orientation.

Anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and the world at large will benefit from watching these.

Click on the playlist to see the rest of the videos

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3 responses to “The Connection Between Biology and Behavior

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Love what you write here, and regret I don’t have the hour to spare yet. However, I’ve bookmarked this & WILL listen to it. Seems it will be relevant to me. Thank you.

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    I finally got around to watching this – it was just fantastic. REALLY appreciated this. Great post.

    … omg I can’t believe I first saw this post in April. Ridiculous!!

    Cheers 🙂

    • I am so glad you liked it. It’s good to see you (online) Robert Sopolsky’s work really challenges the conventional notions we use as the basis for what we think of as free will choices. Plus he’s a very entertaining lecturer. His book “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” is also a good read for anyone trapped in a stress prison from their thoughts. Again, good to see you.

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