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Although initially turned off by the title, The Female Brain was one the most revealing gender studies I have ever read. More a case for feminism than a case for gender superiority, Brizendine explores the physiological reasons behind the differences in men's and women's communication styles and in the way they process information. Anecdotal in some parts and scientific in others, The Female Brain is a fascinating read throughout.
Recommended by Danielle, Powells.com

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Why are women more verbal than men? Why do women remember details of fights that men can't remember at all? Why do women tend to form deeper bonds with their female friends than men do with their male counterparts? These and other questions have stumped both sexes throughout the ages.

Now, pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think, what they value, how they communicate, and who they love. While doing research as a medical student at Yale and then as a resident and faculty member at Harvard, Louann Brizendine discovered that almost all of the clinical data in existence on neurology, psychology, and neurobiology focused exclusively on males. In response to the overwhelming need for information on the female mind, Brizendine established the first clinic in the country to study and treat women's brain function.

In The Female Brain, Dr. Brizendine distills all her findings and the latest information from the scientific community in a highly accessible book that educates women about their unique brain/body/behavior.

The result: women will come away from this book knowing that they have a lean, mean, communicating machine. Men will develop a serious case of brain envy.

Review:

"This comprehensive new look at the hormonal roller coaster that rules women's lives down to the cellular level, 'a user's guide to new research about the female brain and the neurobehavioral systems that make us women,' offers a trove of information, as well as some stunning insights. Though referenced like a work of research, Brizedine's writing style is fully accessible. Brizendine provides a fascinating look at the life cycle of the female brain from birth ('baby girls will connect emotionally in ways that baby boys don't') to birthing ('Motherhood changes you because it literally alters a woman's brain-structurally, functionally, and in many ways, irreversibly') to menopause (when 'the female brain is nowhere near ready to retire') and beyond. At the same time, Brizedine is not above reviewing the basics: 'We may think we're a lot more sophisticated than Fred or Wilma Flintstone, but our basic mental outlook and equipment are the same.' While this book will be of interest to anyone who wonders why men and women are so different, it will be particularly useful for women and parents of girls." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Brizendine brazenly promotes politically incorrect concepts." St. Petersburg Times

Review:

"Finally, a satisfying answer to Freud's question, 'What does a woman want?' Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women — and a must-read for men." Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence

Review:

"Sassy, witty, reassuring, and great fun. All women — and the men who love them — should read this book." Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause

Review:

"An eye-opening account of the biological foundations of human behavior. Destined to become a classic in the field of gender studies." Marilyn Yalom, author of A History of the Breast

Synopsis:

Brizendine established the first clinic in the country to study and treat womens brain functions. This revolutionary book combines two decades of her work and the latest information from the scientific community to provide a truly comprehensive look at the way womens minds work.

About the Author

Louann Brizendine, M.D., a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, is the founder of the Women's and Teen Girls' Mood and Hormone Clinic. She was previously on faculty at the Harvard Medical School and is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of California, Berkeley, in neurobiology. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and son.

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Claire Weigand, November 9, 2011 (view all comments by Claire Weigand)
Brizendine's science is worthless. She misquotes and misinterprets studies.
Her unscientific "findings" are sexist, supporting status quo stereotypes about the sexes and gendered behavior.

To read a sound critique of her weak science, look at Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine (Powell's has it in stock). It specifically pulls apart the errors and misquotes in Brizendine's book and pokes holes in the false ideas of male and female brains being biologically different (Shaped by cultural beliefs and expectations about gender, yes, but not biologically different. Our beliefs about gender difference creates gender difference; it isn't hardwired.).
"Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars. She then goes one step further, offering a very different explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior. Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain,” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender."

Look at Brizendine's work. She founded a Teen Girl's Hormone and Mood and Hormone Clinic. She profits from a belief that women are hormonally moody and emotional, a conclusion her book makes. She espouses that view even if that is contradicted by methodologically sound science.
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elisawelch22, November 19, 2008 (view all comments by elisawelch22)
• I was a bit puzzled by the synopsis and review of the Female Brain by Louann Brizenden. I learnt that

• A woman uses about 20,000 words per day while a man uses about 7,000
• A woman remembers fights that a man insists never happened
• A teen girl is so obsessed with her looks and talking on the phone
• Thoughts about sex enter a woman's brain once every couple of days but enter a man's brain about once every minute

Although I believe that there are differences between the female and male’s brain, do they have to be so cliché ??
For example as a teenager, I wasn’t really interested in my looks (hated shopping anyway). And never got near a phone.
In my late teens and later, I was very much droned to men and thought of sex several times a day (enjoyed it several times a day too).
My husband speaks 3 times as much as me and complains about my lack of communication.
Shall I go on?? Does this make me a man?? Husband and friends have never complained about that.
A question comes to mind “ where does she get her statistics from ? what samples of the population? From which countries??
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767920100
Author:
Brizendine, Louann
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Brizendine, Louann MD
Author:
Louann Brizendine, MD
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Neuroscience
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Brain -- Physiology.
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.63 in 0.5 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Although initially turned off by the title, The Female Brain was one the most revealing gender studies I have ever read. More a case for feminism than a case for gender superiority, Brizendine explores the physiological reasons behind the differences in men's and women's communication styles and in the way they process information. Anecdotal in some parts and scientific in others, The Female Brain is a fascinating read throughout.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This comprehensive new look at the hormonal roller coaster that rules women's lives down to the cellular level, 'a user's guide to new research about the female brain and the neurobehavioral systems that make us women,' offers a trove of information, as well as some stunning insights. Though referenced like a work of research, Brizedine's writing style is fully accessible. Brizendine provides a fascinating look at the life cycle of the female brain from birth ('baby girls will connect emotionally in ways that baby boys don't') to birthing ('Motherhood changes you because it literally alters a woman's brain-structurally, functionally, and in many ways, irreversibly') to menopause (when 'the female brain is nowhere near ready to retire') and beyond. At the same time, Brizedine is not above reviewing the basics: 'We may think we're a lot more sophisticated than Fred or Wilma Flintstone, but our basic mental outlook and equipment are the same.' While this book will be of interest to anyone who wonders why men and women are so different, it will be particularly useful for women and parents of girls." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Brizendine brazenly promotes politically incorrect concepts."
"Review" by , "Finally, a satisfying answer to Freud's question, 'What does a woman want?' Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women — and a must-read for men."
"Review" by , "Sassy, witty, reassuring, and great fun. All women — and the men who love them — should read this book."
"Review" by , "An eye-opening account of the biological foundations of human behavior. Destined to become a classic in the field of gender studies."
"Synopsis" by , Brizendine established the first clinic in the country to study and treat womens brain functions. This revolutionary book combines two decades of her work and the latest information from the scientific community to provide a truly comprehensive look at the way womens minds work.
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