Links – Human Behavior


On this page we collect links to interesting media that might help to visualize relations mentioned in the human behavior article  (→ Human Behavior).

Some content does not require to understand the English language in detail. Either there are subtitles or the media is designed with simple symbols.

Subtitle – Subtitles available
Intuitive – Intuitive media

Videos are labeled red, texts green and websites in orange color.

———————– Human Behavior ———————–


Robert Sapolsky: Course | Human Behavioral Biology

This is a lecture series of Robert Sapolsky created by the Stanford University about the origins of human behavior, the biological back rounds and about how the expression of behavior is formed. It is a series of 25 lectures, that include lectures from march 2010 till june 2010. Robert Sapolsky goes at length through a time line depicting the different stages that shape the expression of human behavior. From the moment of the expression, over the developmental stages that constitute influences and the genetic make up, back to the evolutionary back rounds that were discovered so far. This lecture series is very educative and inspiring for anyone who wants to augment their understandings and insights into behavioral science and concretely into the subject of Biology and Human Behavior.
March 2010


RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilisation

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
“We are soft wired to experience another’s plight as if we were experiencing it ourselves. … The first drive is the drive to belong. … We are Homo-Empathicus. … Can we extend our circle of empathy to a global state of empathy? … If we are truly Homo-Empathicus then we need to bring out that core nature. … Cause if it doesn’t come out and it’s repressed, …  the secondary drives come: The narcissism, the materialism, the violence and the agression.” Jeremy Rifkin
May 2010
11 Minutes


Bruce Lipton: The New Biology – Where Mind and Matter Meet (2 Parts) 

For almost fifty years we have held the illusion that our health and fate were preprogrammed in our genes, a concept referred to as genetic determinacy. Cellular biologists now recognize that the environment, the external universe and our internal physiology, and more importantly, our perception of the environment, directly controls the activity of our genes. This video will broadly review the molecular mechanisms by which environmental awareness interfaces genetic regulation and guides organismal evolution. It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts. Dr. Lipton’s profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research in cell biology and quantum physics is being hailed as a major breakthrough showing that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking.
“Genes are blueprints, activated by the individuals perception of the environment”. Bruce Lipton
1st Part: 64 Minutes:

2nd Part: 95 Minutes


Bruce H. Lipton’s Web Site

Bruce H. Lipton’s breakthrough studies on the cell membrane, the “skin” of the cell, revealed that the behavior and health of the cell was controlled by the environment,

findings that were in directcontrast with prevailing dogma that life is controlled by genes. (The “truth” is probably to be found somewhere between dogmas.) Lipton returned to academia as a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s School of Medicine to test his hypotheses (1987-1992). His ideas concerning environmental control were substantiated in two major scientific publications. The new research reveals the biochemical pathways connecting the mind and body and provides insight into the molecular basis of consciousness and the future of human evolution.


TED ideas: T. M. Scanlon: The 4 biggest reasons why inequality is bad for society

It’s safe to say that economic inequality bothers us. But why? Harvard philosopher T. M. Scanlon offers four reasons we should tackle — and fix — the problem.
June 2014


RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves.
December 2012
10 Minutes


Frans de Waal:  Learning Morality from Monkeys.

Frans de Waal is director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and a professor of psychology at Emory University. His current research includes food-sharing, social reciprocity, and conflict-resolution in primates as well as the origins of morality and justice in human society. De Waal draws on his own work with primates to illustrate the evolution of morality.
August 2009
12 Minutes


Subtitle TED Talk: Dan Gilbert asks: “Why are we happy?”

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned. Dan Gilbert believes that, in our ardent, lifelong pursuit of happiness, most of us have the wrong map. In the same way that optical illusions fool our eyes – and fool everyone’s eyes in the same way – Gilbert argues that our brains systematically misjudge what will make us happy. And these quirks in our cognition make humans very poor predictors of our own bliss.
February 2004
21 Minutes
English, subtitles in 35 languages


Subtitle TED Talk: Bonnie Bassler on how bacteria “talk”:

Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. Her work could pave the way for new, more potent medicine. In 2002, bearing her microscope on a microbe that lives in the gut of fish, Bonnie Bassler isolated an elusive molecule called AI-2, and uncovered the mechanism behind mysterious behavior called quorum sensing — or bacterial communication. She showed that bacterial chatter is hardly exceptional or anomalous behavior, as was once thought. In fact, most bacteria do it, and most do it all the time.
February 2009
18 Minutes
English, subtitles in 34 languages


Subtitle TED Talk: Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight:

One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness … Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the “Singin’ Scientist.”
“How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I’ve gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.” Jill Bolte Taylor
February 2008
19 Minutes
English, subtitles in 39 languages


Subtitle TED Talk: Stuart Brown says play is more than fun

Stuart Brown’s research shows play is not just joyful and energizing – it’s deeply involved with human development and intelligence. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults – and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age. Dr. Stuart Brown came to research play through research on murderers – unlikely as that seems – after he found a stunning common thread in killers’ stories: lack of play in childhood. Since then, he’s interviewed thousands of people to catalog their relationships with play, noting a strong correlation between success and playful activity. His book “Play” describes the impact play can have on one’s life. With the support of the National Geographic Society and Jane Goodall, he has observed animal play in the wild, where he first concieved of play as an evolved behavior important for the well being – and survival – of animals, especially those of higher intelligence. Now, through his organization, the National Institute for Play, he hopes to expand the study of human play into a vital science – and help people everywhere enjoy and participate in play throughout life.
May 2008
27 Minutes
English, subtitles in 19 languages


Subtitle TED Talk: Christopher deCharms looks inside the brain:

Neuroscientist Christopher deCharms is helping to develop a new kind of MRI that allows doctor and patient to look inside the brain in real time – to see visual representations of brain processes as they happen. With his company Omneuron, deCharms has developed technology they call rtfMRI, for “real-time functional MRI” – which is exactly what it sounds like. You move your arm, your brain lights up. You feel pain, your brain lights up. How could we use the ability to see our brains in action? For a start, to help treat chronic pain with a kind of biofeedback; being able to visualize pain can help patients control it. And longer-term uses boggle the mind. Ours is the first generation, he believes, to be able to train and build our minds as systematically as a weightlifter builds a muscle.
February 2008
4 Minutes
English, subtitles in 33 languages


Subtitle TED Talk: Martin Seligman on positive Psychology:

Martin Seligman is the founder of positive psychology, a field of study that examines healthy states, such as happiness, strength of character and optimism. Martin Seligman founded the field of positive psychology in 2000, and has devoted his career since then to furthering the study of positive emotion, positive character traits, and positive institutions. It’s a fascinating field of study that had few empirical, scientific measures – traditional clinical psychology focusing more on the repair of unhappy states than the propagation and nurturing of happy ones. As psychology moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?
February 2004
24 Minutes
English, subtitles in 25 languages


Subtitle TED Talk: David R. Dow: Lessons from death row inmates

What happens before a murder? In looking for ways to reduce death penalty cases, David R. Dow realized that a surprising number of death row inmates had similar biographies. In this talk he proposes a bold plan, one that prevents murders in the first place.
February 2012
18 Minutes
English, subtitles in 27 languages


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Subtitle TED Talk: Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything

The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.
December 2011
18 Minutes
English, subtitles in 28 languages


Subtitle TED Talk: Leyla Acaroglu: Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A bold call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and think bigger in order to create systems and products that ease strain on the planet.
February 2013
18 Minutes
English, subtitles in 28 languages


——————————– Motivation ——————-


Subtitle TED Talk: Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation.

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Bidding adieu to his last “real job” as Al Gore’s speechwriter, Dan Pink went freelance to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace. With a trio of influential bestsellers, Dan Pink has changed the way companies view the modern workplace. In the pivotal A Whole New Mind, Pink identifies a sea change in the global workforce – the shift of an information-based corporate culture to a conceptual base, where creativity and big-picture design dominates the landscape.
July 2009
19 Minutes
English, subtitles in 32 languages


TED Talk: Daniel Pink Animated:

This lively RSAnimate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.
“… But once the task called for ever rudimentary cognitive skill, a larger reward led to poorer performance. … Rewards narrow creativity … It turns out there are 3 Factors, science shows, lead to better performance: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose. … If you want engagement, self direction is better.” Daniel Pink
April 2010
11 Minutes


——————————– Epigenetics —————————


Podcast: Shape Shifting Protein

Dr. Jeremy England from MIT talks about his work understanding how nanoscale proteins change their shape. In this podcast he speaks about basics of protein movement. 
Museum of Science
February 2011
13 Minutes


Epigenetics by NOVA

On this web site you can find short videos, articles and documentaries about the topic epigenetics, genes and their interrelation with the environment. Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression (or cellular phenotype), caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence. To simplify it, you could say that it’s about figuring out how nature is turning on and switching of particular stands of DNA.

Subtitle TED Talk: Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
September 2014
16 Minutes
English, subtitles in 26 languages




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