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Santa Clara University, December 3, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 6

Biologist, neuroscientist, and nature writer Robert Sapolsky to speak

Sapolsky’s talk, “The Biology of Individuality: How to make sense of our behavior in the context of brains, genes, and hormones,” will delve into the connections between mind and body, discussing which kinds of behavior can be changed and which cannot.

He told Santa Clara Magazine recently that the course of his career has coincided with staggering progress in the understanding of the brain’s workings. We might now “begin to guess how the really fancy parts of the brain are working,” he said.

Published in The New Yorker, Discover Magazine, and Foreign Affairs, among others, Sapolsky’s writing covers a wide range of topics, including the neurobiological roots of religious belief, wellness and social rank, and stress levels and memory. A Primate’s Memoir won the 2001 Bay Area Book Reviewers award for nonfiction.

A book signing will follow the 7:30 p.m. talk.