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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

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Sabrina Weiss
5-10 students
Suggested Age Ranges: 13+, Adults included!
Days and Times Thursdays, 12:00pm 12 weeks, starting Sept. 3rd


Course Description

This is a rigorous reading course for Dr. Robert Sapolsky's book on stress, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: the Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping.  This book connects to many college-preparatory topics, such as the biochemistry and neurology of stress, how we cope and manage stress, and reflects on how evolutionary adaptive biological systems can be pushed into unhealthy statuses in today's world. 

Optional add-on includes a final project like an essay that will receive feedback and revision to a final version due 1 week after the end of the course.

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping (Third Edition) 

- Robert M. Sapolsky


NOTE: Listed chapters should be read BEFORE the indicated class.  We will DISCUSS the chapter so you should have read or at least skimmed the chapter ahead of time. Please have read Chapter 1 and some of Chapter 2 before the first class!

9/3 Introduction, Discuss Ch 1, Overview

9/10 Ch 2 + Ch3: Glands, Gooseflesh, and Hormones

9/17 Ch 4 + Ch 5: Metabolism and Ulcers

9/24 Ch 6 + Ch 7: Dwarfism and Reproduction

10/1 No class.  Discuss online 

10/8 Ch 8 Immunity

10/15 Ch 9 + 10: Pain, Memory

10/22 No class. Discuss online

10/29 Ch 11 + 12: Sleep, Aging

11/5 Ch 13 + 14: Psychological Stress, Depression

11/12 Ch 15 + 16: Personality, Junkies

11/19 Ch 17: View from the Bottom

11/26 No class. Discuss online

12/3 Ch 18:  Managing Stress

12/10 Review and Wrap-up

12/17: Project Discussion

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