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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 2, How Did Human Nature Evolve?
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produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 2 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 32 mins
Much of what you're motivated to do, you do because evolution built those motives into human nature. Investigate five key areas of our behavior in which evolution plays a critical role, then focus on behavioral adaptations that create problems for us living in a world far removed from our Stone Age ancestors.
produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 2 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 32 mins
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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 6, Why Do We Have Emotions?
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Happiness. Anger. Guilt. Why do we have such a wide variety of emotions? Where do they come from? How do they influence our perception of, and response to, events around us? Learn the answers to these and other questions, then investigate two emotions that remain especially mysterious: shame and schadenfreude.
produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 6 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 30 mins
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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 12, Why Do We Forget?
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produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 12 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 30 mins
We all experience moments of forgetfulness. But why? Discover two general explanations cognitive psychologists have for why we forget (involving decayed memory traces and retrieval interference); delve into the problems of repressed memories, flashbulb memories, and eyewitness identification; and learn why forgetf...
produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 12 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 30 mins
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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 14, Why Do We Dream?
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produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 14 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 29 mins
Ponder possible scientific explanations behind dreaming. One theory holds that dreams are our mind's efforts to make sense of random activity in the brain. Another theory suggests that dreams help us solve problems that are bothering us. Yet another theory poses that dreams merely store memories from the previous...
produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 14 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 29 mins
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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 15, Why Are People So Full of Themselves?
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produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 15 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 28 mins
The 'better than average' effect is one example of what psychologists call self-serving biases in people's views of themselves. Probe whether these egotistical biases are beneficial or harmful, and go inside the mind-set of personality types that display more biases than others (grandiose and vulnerable narcissist...
produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 15 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 28 mins
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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 19, Why Do We Care What Others Think of Us?
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produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 19 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 29 mins
We all want to make the best possible impression on others. In this lecture, break down the subject of impression management and gain new insights into why we're so concerned with others' thoughts about us. As you'll discover, concern for your public image can have its upsides -- and its downsides as well.
produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 19 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 29 mins
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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 20, Why Are Prejudice and Conflict So Common?
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If most of us think of humanity as good, fair, and peace-loving, then why is there so much conflict and prejudice out there? Tapping into a series of intriguing studies and experiments, Professor Leary reveals the roots of our behavioral tendency to view the world in an 'Us versus Them' context.
produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 20 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 30 mins
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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 23, Why Do People Blush?
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produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 23 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 29 mins
First, examine what happens biologically when we blush and its evolutionary purpose. Then, look closer at blushing's role in social interactions, its relationship with undesired attention, and its link to social behaviors in apes. Finally, study the phenomenon of the creeping blush and uncover why some people blus...
produced by Teaching Company, in Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior, Lecture 23 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 29 mins
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Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills, Lecture 4, Flaws and Fabrications of Memory
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directed by Jonathan Leven, fl. 2006-2012; produced by Tony Hidenrick, fl. 2012-2014, Teaching Company, in Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills, Lecture 4 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 33 mins
Memory is tricky, to say the least. Here, unpack the vital role that memories -- even inaccurate memories -- play in critical thinking. Some of the many topics you'll explore: how memory recall works; the roots of source amnesia; the inverse relationship between confidence and accuracy in a memory; and how memorie...
directed by Jonathan Leven, fl. 2006-2012; produced by Tony Hidenrick, fl. 2012-2014, Teaching Company, in Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills, Lecture 4 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 33 mins
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Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills, Lecture 7, The Structure and Purpose of Argument
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directed by Jonathan Leven, fl. 2006-2012; produced by Tony Hidenrick, fl. 2012-2014, Teaching Company, in Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills, Lecture 7 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 33 mins
Focus on one of the most important reasoning tools you can use to override the flaws in neurological function: argumentation. What makes for a true argument? How is an effective argument built? What's the difference between inductive and deductive logic? What common logical fallacies are we most susceptible to --...
directed by Jonathan Leven, fl. 2006-2012; produced by Tony Hidenrick, fl. 2012-2014, Teaching Company, in Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills, Lecture 7 (Chantilly, VA: Great Courses, 2012), 33 mins
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