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Human Behavioral Biology

Human Behavioral Biology

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3. Behavioral Evolution II (April 2, 2010)

Robert Sapolsky continues his two-part series on evolution focusing on individual and kin selection, behavioral logic, competitive infanticide, male/female animal hierarchies, sex-ratio fluctuation, intersexual competition, imprinted genes, sperm competition, inbred-founder populations, group and multi-level selection, and punctuated equilibrium. (April 2, 2010)

1hr 36mins

12 Nov 2010

Rank #1

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4. Molecular Genetics I (April 5, 2010)

Robert Sapolsky makes interdisciplinary connections between behavioral biology and molecular genetic influences. He relates protein synthesis and point mutations to microevolutionary change, and discusses conflicting theories of gradualism and punctuated equilibrium and the influence of epigenetics on development theories. (April 5, 2010)

1hr 33mins

12 Nov 2010

Rank #2

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15. Human Sexual Behavior I (May 5, 2010)

Robert Sapolsky explores behavioral patterns of human reproduction. He focuses on proximal and distal motivations, orgasm and fertility facilitation, non-reproductive sex, hormonal and cerebral sexual functions, and the differences and similarities between humans and animals in various physiological realms. (May 5, 2010)

1hr 41mins

17 Nov 2010

Rank #3

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14. Limbic System (April 30, 2010)

Robert Sapolsky focuses on the role of the limbic system as the emotional component of the nervous system. He explores its influence on decision making, its connection to the cortex, and the various functions of subparts within the limbic system circuitry. (April 30, 2010)

1hr 28mins

17 Nov 2010

Rank #4

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6. Behavioral Genetics I (April 12, 2010)

Robert Sapolsky introduces a two-part series exploring the controversial scientific practice of inferring behavior to genetics. He covers classical techniques in behavior genetics and flaws, the significance of environmental factors, non genetic inheritance of traits, and multigenerational effects and relationship to epigenetic differences. (April 12, 2010)

1hr 38mins

12 Nov 2010

Rank #5

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10. Introduction to Neuroscience I (April 21, 2010)

Nathan Woodling and Anthony Chung-Ming Ng give a broad overview of the field of neuroscience and how it relates to human biology. They discuss the different lobes of the brain and the cells within as well as neuropharmacology and re-uptake. (April 21, 2010)

1hr

17 Nov 2010

Rank #6

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5. Molecular Genetics II (April 7, 2010)

Robert Sapolsky continues his series on molecular genetics in which he discusses domains of mutation and various components of natural selection on a molecular level. He also further assesses gradualism and punctuated equilibrium models of evolution, integrating these theories into an interrelated model of development. (April 7, 2010)

1hr 14mins

12 Nov 2010

Rank #7

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13. Advanced Neurology and Endocrinology (April 28, 2010)

Robert Sapolsky continues the exploration of endocrinology and neurology. He looks at more complicated systems of communication within neurobiology, the limbic system's role in personality and behavior, abnormal behavior possibilities within these systems, and individual organism variation and imprinting. (April 28, 2010)

1hr 13mins

17 Nov 2010

Rank #8

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17. Human Sexual Behavior III & Aggression I (May 10, 2010)

Robert Sapolsky completes his talk on sexual behavior in humans as well as other species, focusing on characteristics that create attractiveness. He then switches subject and talks about human aggression and how this has evolved and developed. (May 10, 2010)

1hr 36mins

19 Nov 2010

Rank #9

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7. Behavioral Genetics II (April 14, 2010)

Robert Sapolsky continues his series addressing the link between behavior and genetics. He covers the complex endeavor of gene isolation and variability and heritability and wrongly eliminated environmental influences in heritability tests -- finding that genes and environment are infinitely interconnected and co-dependent on each other. (April 14, 2010)

1hr 32mins

12 Nov 2010

Rank #10