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Human Instinct (4 Parts)

Synopsis
A 4-part series series in which Professor Robert Winston examines human instincts and patterns of behaviour.
1) BORN TO SURVIVE: Robert Winston reveals that our instincts are honed to survive in a world far riskier than the one we inhabit today, and that this is why we often crave food high in calories, reject food that could be poisonous, and react to primeval dangers such as snakes. 2) DEEPEST DESIRES: Explores the complex world of sexual attraction, investigating why men are more open to casual sex, what drives women to be unfaithful and what can ignite male sexual jealousy. 3) THE WILL TO WIN: Explores the drive to succeed, looking at how different chemicals are released into the brain when we win or lose, and learning about the impact of being a younger sibling on behaviour patterns. 4) NATURAL BORN HEROES: This last programme looks at why we do so much for friends and family, and will even risk our lives for complete strangers, often on split-second instinct.
Series
Human Instinct, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2008
Year of production
2002
Notes
First broadcast on BBC1 beginning 23/10/2002
Subjects
Psychology
Keywords
behavioural psychology; sensory perception; sexual relationships; altruism

Online availability

URI
http://player.uk.msn.com/documentary/human-instinct/
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Robert Winston

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

MSN Video Player

Web
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