Multimedia Resources

Includes On the Web and In the News links curated by the authors, along with other audio/video content.

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In the News: Rich People Literally See the World Differently

Description: This news article accompanies the In the News feature in this chapter.


Video 1: Biology of Our Best and Worst Selves

Description: Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky examines how humans can be so compassionate and altruistic –and also so brutal and violent.

Video 2: How Stress Affects Your Brain

Description: Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus.

Video 3: Psychology of Stress

Description: Professor Sapolsky explains why the stress response, which evolved for short-term physical crises, can become a long-term chronic problem for human beings.

Video 4: Why Things Hurt

Description: Do we actually experience pain, or is an illusion from our brain?

Video 5: Neuroscience of Aggression vs. Altruism

Description: A crash course onthese important topics.


Audio 1: How Emotions Are Made

Description: It looks like emotions just come at us and we can’t do anything about them –but we might have it all wrong.


On the Web 1: Brain and Emotion Videos

Description: Here you see links to a variety of sites, from the University of California to YouTube, to see brain and emotion videos.

On the Web 2: Boston College/University of Maryland

Description: You can get a feel for what an active emotion research laboratory is like by visiting lab sites at Boston College and the University of Maryland. You can read descriptions of their research programs and download articles.

On the Web 3: National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Description: The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder site has information on the disorder and on subtopics such as “Returning from War” and “Issues Specific to Women.”

On the Web 4: Type A Personality/Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory

Description: Various stress tests (some validated by research and some not) are available to assess the potential for stress to affect your health and well-being. You can take a test for Type A personality, which research indicates contributes to heart attacks; or the historically significant Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory, designed to assess health risk from recent stressful events (positive as well as negative).