Robert M. Sapolsky
Robert M. Sapolsky, Ph.D., is the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences and a professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University. His most recent book is Monkeyluv: And Other Essays on Our Lives as Animals.
Stories by Robert M. Sapolsky
Articles: How to Relieve StressBy Robert M. Sapolsky | March 22, 2012
Robert M. Sapolsky explains why stress can become a chronic problem—and how we can reduce the toll it takes on our lives.
Videos and Podcasts: When is Stress Good for You?By Robert M. Sapolsky | March 22, 2012
Combining wit with deep knowledge, Robert Sapolsky explains the optimal amount of stress.
Videos and Podcasts: How Stress Hurts Men’s Sex LivesBy Robert M. Sapolsky | March 22, 2012
Combining wit with deep knowledge, the researcher and best-selling author explains why stress interferes with male sexual response.
Videos and Podcasts: How a Chair Revealed the Type A Personality ProfileBy Robert M. Sapolsky | March 21, 2012
Combining wit with deep knowledge, the researcher and best-selling author of Monkeyluv talks about how the Type A personality profile was developed and why Type A personalities are more at risk for heart disease.
Videos and Podcasts: The Psychology of StressBy Robert M. Sapolsky | March 21, 2012
Combining wit with deep knowledge, the researcher and best-selling author of Monkeyluv explains why the stress response, which evolved for short-term physical crises, can become a long-term, chronic problem for human beings.
Videos and Podcasts: Robert M. Sapolsky on the Psychology of StressBy Robert M. Sapolsky | March 20, 2012
The best-selling author and Stanford University professor explains why the stress response, which evolved for short-term physical crises, can become a long-term, chronic problem for human beings—and how we can reduce the impact of stress on our lives.
Slide Presentation: The Biology of Stress and HappinessBy Robert M. Sapolsky | April 8, 2011
Robert Sapolsky's presentation on the neuro-biology of human stress and happiness, delivered at the Greater Good Science Center's seminar, "The Science of a Meaningful Life: Building Compassion, Reducing Stress."
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
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