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Origins of the Human Mind

An authoritative guide to the latest information and viewpoints on what neurobiologists, psychologists, and other scientists know about the human mind, brought to you by an award-winning professor with training as a clinical psychologist.
Origins of the Human Mind is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 51.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from a mix - good, not very good The title i gave it pretty much sums up my opinion. The course was at times informative & enjoyable; but at times just blah. Lecture 23 was unfortunate - unnecessary & wasteful - just an opportunity for the Prof to bring in elements of his own family/life. Perhaps cathartic for him, but unworthy of inclusion.
Date published: 2023-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Standing O for Hinshaw As I read the course, it is really about alleviating the suffering related to frailties of the human mind especially developmental disorders. The professor has productively pitted himself toward this goal and delivers a lifetime of work into 24 understandable lectures. It pairs well with the devoted contributions of many of the other courses. Among sciences, a nice foundation is provided by the organic chemistry and biochemistry courses, the anatomy/physiology, and neurology, and neuroscience offerings from disorders, sleep, music, everyday life, and philosophy. His references are extensive, including Oliver Sacks's case studies. But supportive material is also in storytelling - both the art of... and the human condition; and the cognitive behavior therapy courses. The professor guides us through the yet-unknown and perilous ground of developmental frailties of the mind with skill and aplomb, providing a strong foundation to build on. Twelve hours wonderfully spent for all so inclined. I recommend using the 1.5x speed option to preview the lectures in 8hrs, then devote a weekend to intensive study with the guide and cross-linking to other courses and references.
Date published: 2023-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worthwhile An excellent lecture series and an engaging professor. This course includes elements of evolution, genetics, neuro-science, and developmental, cognitive, and abnormal psychology. My last exposure to this field was a handful of undergraduate courses in the 1970's and I thoroughly enjoyed (and was enlightened by) the advances of the intervening decades of research. My only quibble: the course is titled "THE ORIGIN OF the human mind," a phrase the professor himself uses once in the final lecture, but which I suspect was created by someone at The Great Courses. The course is much, much more than "THE ORIGINS" and would best be titled simply, "The Human MInd."
Date published: 2022-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent opportunity to discover I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent,convise presentation.
Date published: 2022-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with the course. This course is a great way to learn the current state of psychology, the workings of the mind rather than the brain. Some of the recent research conflicts with established opinion and is controversial, but it is very important for an authority, a well-respected person in the field, to inform the lay public. Professor Hinshaw does this very well.
Date published: 2022-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not entirely accurate The Mind is complex beyond belief. Course discusses mostly physical, social, and mental behavior, not origin. Generalization and percentages from limited research groups is always suspect. Unanswered questions: what is thought? What are ideas? How do we think music? And the ultimate question: Is the human brain the result of Natural Selection, or of Intelligent Design?
Date published: 2022-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I have purchased over 25 courses from you. My overall opinion is that most of the courses are outdated - especial the ones that are related to medical issues. I.e. the brain, memory, medicine …… and science….
Date published: 2022-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent I am enjoying the course thoroughly. I am learning a lot and going through it slowly so I can process the information.
Date published: 2022-06-24
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Get an authoritative guide to the latest information and viewpoints on what neurobiologists, psychologists, and other scientists know about our minds in Origins of the Human Mind. These 24 intriguing and enlightening lectures lay bare the inner workings of our minds. And they're all brought to you by award-winning Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw, whose thorough and unbiased approach to this fascinating subject reveals how the science of the human mind applies to the life of our species&;amp;-and to your own life as well.


Stephen P. Hinshaw

Researching and presenting "Origins of the Human Mind" was a learning experience like no other--I only hope that listeners and viewers feel the same way!


University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Stephen P. Hinshaw is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where his teaching was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Letters and Sciences. He earned his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley in 1990, Professor Hinshaw was a clinical psychology intern at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, a post-doctoral fellow at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute of the University of California, San Francisco (where he received the Robert E. Harris Award), and a professor at UCLA. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, Professor Hinshaw focuses on developmental psychopathology, with particular emphases on child and adolescent disorders. He is the editor of Psychological Bulletin, the most cited journal in the entire field of psychology, and associate editor of the journal Development and Psychopathology; he has also written more than 200 scholarly articles, chapters, and reviews. Among his many books are Attention Deficits and Hyperactivity in Children and The Years of Silence Are Past: My Father's Life with Bipolar Disorder. Professor Hinshaw has received millions of dollars in research grants from federal agencies, including the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Brains and Minds, Evolution and Development

01: Brains and Minds, Evolution and Development

Professor Hinshaw lays the groundwork for this fascinating journey into the depths of the human mind by introducing the structure of the course, posing a series of provocative questions, and explaining the three predominant perspectives on our minds: the spirit-based, the naturalistic, and the humanistic....

32 min
How the Human Brain Works

02: How the Human Brain Works

Delve into the make-up and inner workings of the brain, from the level of the individual neuron to the larger regions specialized for the mind's different functions. In addition, get a brief introduction to psychopharmacology, as well as to some of the latest technological advances that help us understand how our brains work....

33 min
Development of the Human Brain

03: Development of the Human Brain

This lecture examines the ways in which our brains develop across the human lifespan. Professor Hinshaw uses a case study of children adopted from horribly deprived Romanian orphanages to focus on brain plasticity-the idea that changes in the brain result from experiences-and its potential long-term limitations....

29 min
Evolution and the Brain

04: Evolution and the Brain

How did evolutionary forces shape our brains? Discover the answer to this core question in modern science with a look at some of the key features of the human mind produced by natural selection and the ways the brain evolved over the span of millions of years....

30 min
Psychological Views of the Mind

05: Psychological Views of the Mind

Zero in on two modern psychological theories of the mind that serve as counterpoints to the evolutionary theory: the instinctive and deeply symbolic psychodynamic theory, and social learning theory, which explains behavior through our minds' abilities to learn. In addition, address mysteries about human consciousness and self-awareness....

32 min
Instinct, Learning, and Emotion

06: Instinct, Learning, and Emotion

Take an in-depth look at instinct and emotion-two inescapable processes of the human mind. Among the intriguing issues covered in this lecture are the relationship between instinct and language formation, how our primary emotions signal our experiences and intentions to others, and ways we can consciously regulate their expression....

30 min
Microevolution, Culture, and the Brain

07: Microevolution, Culture, and the Brain

Return to the evolutionary theory and investigate the key concepts and debates regarding the shaping of the human mind. How have subtle-yet powerful-changes given the modern mind some of its key powers? What are the differences between primate and human brains? And what is the influence of cultural behaviors and values?...

31 min
Infancy-Temperament and Attachment

08: Infancy-Temperament and Attachment

In the first of four lectures on the development of a mind across the human lifespan, examine the first life stage: infancy. The two aspects you cover-temperament and attachment-are crucial for the development of personalities and minds and reflect the importance of the earliest years of life....

29 min
Childhood-Stages and Widening Contexts

09: Childhood-Stages and Widening Contexts

Turn now to childhood, the second major stage of life during which our personalities and minds develop even further. It is during this stage, you learn, that factors such as families, peers, neighborhoods, and cultures work with our earliest biological and social foundations to mold the person we eventually become....

30 min
Adolescence-Rebellion, Identity, and Self

10: Adolescence-Rebellion, Identity, and Self

Continue moving up the developmental ladder into adolescence: the crucial period of rebellion, turmoil, and identity formation that prepares us for adult life. How does the mind change during this time? What are the dangers of sleep deprivation? And what are considered normative and healthy self-perceptions?...

32 min
Adulthood-Aging, Horizons, and Wisdom

11: Adulthood-Aging, Horizons, and Wisdom

Does getting older predict inevitable declines in how your mind functions? Or could you actually become wiser and more positive as you age? The answers you uncover in this lecture are undoubtedly fascinating-and may just reshape your views of what aging does to the mind....

30 min
Influences of Sex and Gender

12: Influences of Sex and Gender

Focus here on the association between sex and gender, on the one hand, and the brain and mind, on the other. Of vital importance to the study of the human mind, sex and gender have important implications for evolution, our diversity as a species, and our social relationships....

30 min
Parallels between Development and Evolution

13: Parallels between Development and Evolution

Bring together several core points about individual development of the mind. As you'll discover, in the development of the minds of both individuals and our species as a whole, biology constantly interacts with environment and context to produce a wealth of change....

33 min
Myths and Realities of Heritability

14: Myths and Realities of Heritability

With the mapping of the human genome, we now know that many traits and facets of the mind are more heritable than we once thought. In this lecture, Professor Hinshaw separates the facts from myths about how much importance our genes have in shaping our emotions, behaviors, and minds....

30 min
Genes and Environments Together

15: Genes and Environments Together

Move from behavior genetics to a detailed view of how genes and environments influence once another to shape our minds. By examining the ways genes and environments correlate and interact, you realize that the dichotomy of nature versus nurture is inaccurate; instead, it is nature and nurture....

31 min
The Abnormal Mind-What Goes Wrong?

16: The Abnormal Mind-What Goes Wrong?

Why do some minds suffer mental disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder? Answer this crucial question by exploring seven different perspectives-each of which contributes to our overall understanding of this pressing question in the study of the human mind....

32 min
Rationality, Psychosis, and Schizophrenia

17: Rationality, Psychosis, and Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is intimately involved with breakdowns in perception, rational thinking, and higher-order executive functions. Here, examine the roots of psychosis and make sense of the risk factors, characteristics, and treatment methods of one of the most devastating mental illnesses....

33 min
Emotion Regulation and Mood Disorders

18: Emotion Regulation and Mood Disorders

The roots of mood disorders lie in the emotional and mood-related fluctuations that we all experience. After you learn the difference between emotions and moods, you take a closer look at the science of two major mood disorders: depression and bipolar disorder....

32 min
Attention, Impulse Control, and ADHD

19: Attention, Impulse Control, and ADHD

Turn now to a mental disorder that can affect the way the mind stays attentive and controls inhibitions: attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Examine four forms of attention and the importance of inhibitory control, then zero in on the causes and conditions of-as well as treatment options for-ADHD....

30 min
Empathy, Social Connections, and Autism

20: Empathy, Social Connections, and Autism

Major difficulties in emotional and social connections with other people present huge problems for the development of the mind. Case in point: autism. Conclude your look at abnormalities in the human mind with a focus on this often-devastating and increasingly prevalent disorder....

32 min
Evolution and the Paradox of Mental Illness

21: Evolution and the Paradox of Mental Illness

If mental disorders are passed through the generations by genes, then why haven't these disabling and maladaptive conditions simply been bred out of existence? Investigate how understanding 'heterozygote superiority,' gene interactions, and changing environments can help us finally answer this baffling question....

30 min
Roots of Religion, Aggression, and Prejudice

22: Roots of Religion, Aggression, and Prejudice

Investigate how evolution helps us understand these three wider aspects of human culture. Why are humans so prone to be religious? How aggressive are we as a species? How can natural selection help us understand why some people stigmatize their fellow humans?...

31 min
Bringing in Personal Narratives

23: Bringing in Personal Narratives

Personal narratives can play key roles in humanizing and helping us better understand the complexities of mental illness. As a powerful example, Professor Hinshaw details his own father's struggle with bipolar disorder -a story that proves just how important it is to blend the scientific and clinical with the personal....

30 min
The Future of the Human Mind

24: The Future of the Human Mind

In this final lecture, probe some of the fascinating possibilities and ethical issues at the frontiers of the human mind. These include harnessing the hidden and untapped power of our unconscious; making startling advancements in the development of artificial intelligence; and creating the potential for humans to engineer their own minds....

33 min