ESP Biography



BENJAMIN ZOLLINGER, International Celebrity




Major: Psychology- Neuroscience Track

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2019

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Award winning scholar, athlete, and author returns to teach again for Sprout. He is the acclaimed teacher of world-renowned courses such as "The Basics of Poker" and "The American Political Parties Explained".

Ben is described by George Washington himself as "the perfect American".

His seminal course "How the Brain Works" has been described as "an instant classic", "truly a work of genius" and "it's alright, I guess".



Past Classes

  (Look at the class archive for more.)


How The Brain Works in Sprout Spring 19 (Feb. 16 - Mar. 02, 2019)
Have you ever wondered about what part of the brain your memory is in? Have you ever wondered where your emotions come from? The brain controls every move you make, every breath you take, and everything you see, hear and touch. It is the most complex and important organ in the body, but one of the least understood. This class will cover many of the different areas of the brain and their functions. We will talk about how you come to see, hear, feel and remember things. Hopefully through this class, students will begin to understand how the entire world that they perceive around them is represented in their own heads.


How Does the Brain Work? in Splash Fall 2018 (Oct. 27, 2018)
Have you ever wondered about what part of the brain your memory is in? Have you ever wondered where your emotions come from? The brain controls every move you make, every breath you take, and everything you see, hear and touch. It is the most complex and important organ in the body, but one of the least understood. This class will cover many of the different areas of the brain and their functions. We will talk about how you come to see, hear, feel and remember things. Hopefully through this class, students will begin to understand how the entire world that they perceive around them is represented in their own heads.


How Does the Brain Work? in Sprout Fall 18 (Sep. 29 - Oct. 13, 2018)
Have you ever wondered about what part of the brain your memory is in? Have you ever wondered where your emotions come from? The brain controls every move you make, every breath you take, and everything you see, hear and touch. It is the most complex and important organ in the body, but one of the least understood. This class will cover many of the different areas of the brain and their functions. We will talk about how you come to see, hear, feel and remember things. Hopefully through this class, students will begin to understand how the entire world that they perceive around them is represented in their own heads.


How Does the Brain Work? in Sprout Spring 18 (Feb. 17 - Mar. 03, 2018)
Have you ever wondered about what part of the brain your memory is in? Have you ever wondered where your emotions come from? The brain controls every move you make, every breath you take, and everything you see, hear and touch. It is the most complex and important organ in the body, but one of the least understood. This class will cover many of the different areas of the brain and their functions. We will talk about how you come to see, hear, feel and remember things. Hopefully through this class, students will begin to understand how the entire world that they perceive around them is represented in their own heads.


How The Brain Works in Splash Fall 17 (Nov. 11, 2017)
Have you ever wondered about what part of the brain your memory is in? Have you ever wondered where your emotions come from? The brain controls every move you make, every breath you take, and everything you see, hear and touch. It is the most complex and important organ in the body, but one of the least understood. This class will cover many of the different areas of the brain and their functions. We will talk about how you come to see, hear, feel and remember things. Hopefully through this class, students will begin to understand how the entire world that they perceive around them is represented in their own heads.


The History of Mardi Gras in Splash Fall 16 (Nov. 05, 2016)
Learn about the history and customs of the biggest party and most popular holiday in Louisiana. Come take part in the centuries old New Orleans celebration, We'll talk about old traditions, modern practice, and the party that hasn't stopped since 1699.


Why You Should Care About The Presidential Election in Sprout Fall 16 (Oct. 01 - 15, 2016)
This class will explain why you as high schoolers should care about who wins the presidential election and how it will affect the youth of America. Even if you can't vote, you still have a say in who wins and your life will most definitely be impacted on the outcome.


The American Political Parties Explained in Splash Spring 16 (Apr. 02, 2016)
As American citizens or immigrants, it is our duty to know how our government functions and the policies of the two political parties that run our country. All too often, news and political policy is presented in ways that are difficult for people to understand. Almost entirely neglected is the education of our youngest members of our society about these topics. This class will aim to help educate middle and high schoolers about the major current events and issues affecting the US and the stances that the major political parties take on them. The class will be taught in a way that students know the important facts about issues, and they will be able to better interpret news later on. It's important to start political knowledge as early as possible so that when it's their turn to vote, our young future can make what they believe are wise selections.


Basics of Poker in Sprout Spring 16 (Feb. 13 - 27, 2016)
The Basics of Texas Hold'em will be taught. What will be reviewed: General Gameplay and Rules The value of different cards and hands How to Bet General playing strategies for beginners And then the only way to really know the game is to play!