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Origins of the Human Mind


For thousands of years, the human mind has been shrouded in mystery. Elusive in nature, the subject has prompted an intensive study of several puzzling questions:
  • What exactly are our minds?
  • What are they made of?
  • How do they work?
  • How do they differ from our brains?
  • How do they develop?

With the latest advancements in both our understanding of the brain and the technology we use to look inside it, scientists have vastly improved their understanding of the human mind. Now, more so than at any other point in human history, we can better explain and describe
  • how the human mind has evolved, both on the scale of our entire species from the dawn of humanity to the present, and on the individual level from birth to adulthood;
  • the ways our genes and environments work together to mold the people we become;
  • the sources, symptoms, and potential treatment methods for debilitating mental disorders such as depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism;
  • why our intensely social species has the dynamic capability to both ostracize and empathize with the humanity of our fellow individuals; and much more.

Despite its mysterious nature, the human mind and its complexities lie at the heart of who we are as human beings. It shapes our everyday lives and defines our individual personalities. And grasping both the mind's scientific origins and its biological workings is essential to any well-rounded understanding of possible answers to questions that have fascinated and perplexed humanity throughout history.

Origins of the Human Mind is your authoritative guide to the latest information and viewpoints on what neurobiologists, psychologists, and other scientists know about this fascinating subject. These 24 intriguing and enlightening lectures lay bare the inner workings of our minds—and it's all brought to you by award-winning Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw, an instructor whose training as a clinical psychologist straddles both the science of the mind and its impact on individual lives. His comprehensive and unbiased approach to this subject reveals how the science of the human mind applies to the life of our species—and to your own life as well.

Course Lecture Titles
24 Lectures
30 minutes / lecture
  • Brains and Minds, Evolution and Development
  • How the Human Brain Works
  • Development of the Human Brain
  • Evolution and the Brain
  • Psychological Views of the Mind
  • Instinct, Learning, and Emotion
  • Microevolution, Culture, and the Brain
  • Infancy—Temperament and Attachment
  • Childhood—Stages and Widening Contexts
  • Adolescence—Rebellion, Identity, and Self
  • Adulthood—Aging, Horizons, and Wisdom
  • Influences of Sex and Gender
  • Parallels between Development and Evolution
  • Myths and Realities of Heritability
  • Genes and Environments Together
  • The Abnormal Mind—What Goes Wrong?
  • Rationality, Psychosis, and Schizophrenia
  • Emotion Regulation and Mood Disorders
  • Attention, Impulse Control, and ADHD
  • Empathy, Social Connections, and Autism
  • Evolution and the Paradox of Mental Illness
  • Roots of Religion, Aggression, and Prejudice
  • Bringing in Personal Narratives
  • The Future of the Human Mind
12 hours and 25 mins | ISBN: n/a | MP3 | 538 MB

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