Sail's Pedagogy

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Dopamine Jackpot!

on August 12, 2011

According to Robert Sapolsky, the difference between humans and monkeys: “There’s no monkey out there willing to lever press because St Peter is down the line”

But primatologist Robert Sapolsky disagrees. He argues that what makes humans special is ….. anticipation. In this video, Dr Sapolsky discusses the relationship between anticipation and dopamine (and how our big brains can maintain high anticipation levels for literally decades) and how those qualities make humans special. His conclusion? “There’s no monkey out there willing to lever press because St Peter is down the line.” (from Guardian)

Longer version at: http://fora.tv/2011/02/15/Robert_Sapolsky_Are_Humans_Just_Another_Primate

Other talks TED http://www.ted.com/talks/robert_sapolsky_the_uniqueness_of_humans.html

Bio: http://www.stanford.edu/group/howiwrite/Bios/robertsapolsky/index.html

On Depression: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOAgplgTxfc

On Stress: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtjU0-dOTLM

Stress, Neurodegeneration and Individual Differences’ by Robert Sapolsky http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1877467554618436978

In a related discussion Chimpanzees Clear Some Doubt After Generosity Is
Questioned

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