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Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers? Why Do We?
Episode 1 of Stress and Your Body Series
In Professor Sapolsky's introductory episode, get a behind-the-scenes look at the science of stress and preview the groundwork for the course ahead. What exactly happens to our bodies when we come under stress? And how is our response to stress…
Stress and the Biology of Depression
Episode 19 of Stress and Your Body Series
Turn to the realm of mental health with this close look at the ties between stress and major depression: one of the leading causes of disability in the world. Start with an overview of the disorder's symptoms before delving into…
Stress, Health, and Low Social Status
Episode 22 of Stress and Your Body Series
How strong a role does socioeconomic status play in what stressors you're exposed to, as well as your potential for chronic stress? It's a provocative question whose answer Professor Sapolsky reveals in this penetrating look at the characteristics and effects…
Stress and the Psychology of Depression
Episode 20 of Stress and Your Body Series
To truly understand clinical depression, you need to grasp its psychological aspects as well. In the second episode on stress and this prevalent disease, explore the pivotal role stress hormones play in depression. Then, use your newfound knowledge of stress…
The Nuts and Bolts of the Stress-Response
Episode 2 of Stress and Your Body Series
Every time you have a thought or emotion, things change in your body. Here, explore the two factors responsible for these changes: the nervous system and hormones. Learn how these systems work, how they're regulated, and: most important: what happens…
Stress Management: Approaches and Cautions
Episode 24 of Stress and Your Body Series
Exercise. Meditation. Social support. Religious beliefs. In this concluding episode, learn how these and other outlets can potentially help you manage life's everyday stressors: both biologically and psychologically. Regardless of how many stressors you deal with daily, all of us,…
Stress and Your Heart
Episode 3 of Stress and Your Body Series
Armed with the necessary background information, explore how specific organ systems suffer when faced with chronic stress. In the first of a series of episodes on this subject, learn how long-term stress can damage heart muscles, inflame and clog blood…
Stress and Your Immune System
Episode 10 of Stress and Your Body Series
Turn now to the relationship between stress and your immune system. After mastering the basics of how this system works, delve into how frequent stressors can result in flare-ups of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, can increase your vulnerability to…
Understanding Psychological Stress
Episode 17 of Stress and Your Body Series
Why are some stressors more unbearable than others? This episode introduces you to three powerful psychological factors that work to modulate the stress response: having an outlet, taking advantage of social support, and having predictive information about when and how…
Stress, Learning, and Memory
Episode 13 of Stress and Your Body Series
Memory: whether implicit or explicit: is an essential part of everyday life. So it's all the more important to understand how it's affected by stress. This episode explains the science behind how short-term stress enhances memory and learning, while chronic…
Psychological Modulators of Stress
Episode 18 of Stress and Your Body Series
Conclude your look at ways to modulate the stress response by looking at two subtler variables: your control over the stressor, and your interpretation of whether the stress is getting better or worse. You also see why, despite being enormously…
Stress and Female Reproduction
Episode 8 of Stress and Your Body Series
Get an insightful overview of the multifaceted effects of stress on the female reproductive system. Some of the topics you explore are the intricate relationships between stress and fertilization, ovulation, spontaneous miscarriages, high-tech in vitro fertilization, and the strength of…
Stress, Sleep, and Lack of Sleep
Episode 15 of Stress and Your Body Series
Most of us don't get as much sleep as we should. Yet the amount of sleep we get is highly intertwined with how our bodies deal with stress. Investigate why high levels of stress disrupt not only how long we…
Stress, Overeating, and Your Digestive Tract
Episode 5 of Stress and Your Body Series
Focus now on the role stress plays in our gastrointestinal tracts. Why do most of us eat more during stressful periods? How does stress affect bowel disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and spastic colons? And how does stress combine with…
Stress Management: Clues to Success?
Episode 23 of Stress and Your Body Series
Before learning tips to manage chronic stress, it's essential to understand why certain individuals cope better with stress: both physically and mentally: than others. Discover that the key lies in grasping predictors of successful aging, including a position of respect,…
Stress and Aging
Episode 16 of Stress and Your Body Series
As you age, your ability to deal with stress decreases. What's more: Lots of stress throughout your lifetime can accelerate aspects of aging. Here, examine a series of intriguing experiments and studies that explain the science behind these two views…
Stress, Growth, and Child Development
Episode 7 of Stress and Your Body Series
Investigate how chronic stress can disrupt the growth of young children by focusing on stress dwarfism and the connection between stress and low growth hormone levels. Also, learn how mid-20th-century experiments with monkeys proved how important love: and not just…
Stress and Pain
Episode 12 of Stress and Your Body Series
Stress and pain have an intriguing relationship: Stress can increase your sensitivity and resistance to pain, while pain constitutes its own particular stressor. Explore this fascinating bidirectional relationship, and expand your knowledge of how both balanced and stressed minds and…
Stress and Growth: Echoes from the Womb
Episode 6 of Stress and Your Body Series
The first of two episodes on stress and child development takes you inside prenatal and postnatal life. Using two extraordinary examples, Professor Sapolsky reveals the ways a fetus can respond to the environmental stressors of its mother, and how different…
Anxiety, Hostility, Repression, and Reward
Episode 21 of Stress and Your Body Series
Anxiety disorders, feelings of intense hostility, a decreased capacity for pleasure, and a repressed or addictive persona are just a few of the many distinct effects that chronic stress can have on an individual's personality and behavior. The ways these…