Based on his latest book, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, celebrated neurobiologist and primatologist, Dr. Robert Sapolsky, will examine human behavior and attempt to answer the enduring question: Why do we do the things we do? Dr. Sapolsky will take us on a reverse journey in time from the precise moment that a behavior occurs back through millions of years of evolution, explaining the role of neurobiology, endocrinology, the environment, culture, ecology, individual childhoods, and genetic makeup and how these factors together ultimately lead to our culminating behavior. Dr. Sapolsky’s witty and entertaining tour of the science of human behavior will enlighten parents about their children’s behavior and why they act in ways that often leave parents baffled.
Dr. Robert Sapolsky is Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Stanford’s School of Medicine. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation genius fellowship, and his teaching awards include Stanford University’s Bing Award for Teaching Excellence and an award for outstanding teaching from the Associated Students of Stanford University. Dr. Sapolsky is also the author of several books, including Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress-Related Diseases and Coping and The Trouble with Testosterone.