Las Positas College
Department of Psychology
Distinguished Speakers in Psychology Program

~ Two April 2015 Events! ~
(1) Dr. Robert Sapolsky
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
April 8, 2015 (see below)
(2) An Evening of Inspiring Stories:
The Power of Telling, Sharing and Listening
April 13, 2015 (scroll down for information)

~ April 8th, 2015 ~

The LPC Departments of Psychologyand Biology
Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society and Psychology Club
Biology Club and Tri Beta Biology Honor Society


Stanford professor, best-selling author, and world renowned authority on stress and health.

Robert Sapolsky is one of the leading neuroscientists in the world, a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research Museums of Kenya, and a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University. An engaging speaker, Dr. Sapolsky has a special knack for conveying his complex work with ease and humor. Dr. Sapolsky has authored several books for broader audiences, including A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress Disease and Coping, and The Trouble with Testosterone.

"One of the best scientist-writers of our time" ~ Oliver Sacks
"One of the finest natural history writers around" ~ New York Times.

Las Positas College

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Main Theater ~ Mertes Center for the Arts (Building 4000)

Admission: $10 (students) ~ $15 (general)

About the Lecture

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress and Health

Few of us are destined to die of scarlet fever, malnutrition or childbirth. Instead, we die of diseases of slow accumulation of damage- heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes -- where we live well enough and long enough to slowly fall apart over time. Critically, most of these diseases of Westernized lifestyle can be caused or worsened by stress, and most of us will have the relative luxury of dying someday of a stress-related disease. This lecture is premised on the fact that the things your body does in response to stress (secretion of adrenaline, increased blood pressure, mobilization of sugar into the blood stream...) evolved to deal with the sort of stress that 99% of organisms deal with, namely a short-term physical crisis. And critically, we humans activate the exact same stress response as would a zebra running from a lion, but we activate it for years on end because of unlikely things ranging from mortgage payments to mortality. And the exact same stress response that saves your neck if you are running for your life, instead, is terrible for your health if chronically activated by psychological stress.

This lecture, meant for the layperson, reviews what your body does during stress, and how that can save your life if you are being stressed liked a typical mammal. It then examines how that same stress response, when activated chronically by psychological stress, can play an adverse role in atherosclerosis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, sexual dysfunction, immune surveillance, and mood disorders. Finally, amid all that bad news, the lecture will consider the optimistic realm of individual differences - why do some individuals cope better with stress than others, and how can we improve our own coping skills?



~ March 13, 2015 ~

Las Positas College

Promoting Awareness and Ending Stigma

Co-sponsored by the LPC Psychology Department, Psi Beta/Psychology Club and

March 13, 2015
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Room 2420 ~ Lecture Hall

hosted by

JEFF BELL is a nationally recognized author, motivational speaker, and KCBS radio news anchor. A leading voice for mental health advocacy, Jeff serves as a national spokesman for the International OCD Foundation and Mental Health America and i
s the president and founder of the Adversity to Advocacy Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering the power of turning personal challenges into service to others with similar challenges. Jeff is also a mental health blogger for Psychology Today.

Jeff is the author of two books, " Rewind, Replay, Repeat" - his memoir of living with and overcoming the challenges of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - and "When in Doubt, Make Belief". Jeff is a regular speaker at LPC and is an honorary member of the LPC Psychology Club and the LPC Psi Beta Honor Society.