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The Male Brainby Louann M Brizendine
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From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain.
Dr. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of life, the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female one. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:
*is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution.
*thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy.
*has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.
*experiences such a massive increase in testosterone at puberty that he perceive others' faces to be more aggressive.
The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes. Impeccably researched and at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge, this is a book that every man, and especially every woman bedeviled by a man, will need to own.
Praise for The Female Brain:
"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 Emotional Intelligence
"In this utterly fascinating follow-up to her bestselling The Female Brain, Harvard neuropsychiatrist Brizendine leads readers through the lifespan of a man's brain, using lively prose and personable anecdotes to turn complex scientific research into a highly accessible romp. Among other salient info, readers will learn why it is what young boys seem unable to stay still (they are learning through 'embodied cognition'); why behaviors may change so suddenly during puberty (among other changes, testosterone increases 20-fold); the nature of irritability in teens ('boys' hormones prime them for aggressive and territorial behaviors'); and the ways in which chemicals, physical touch, and play bond fathers with their children. With clearly detailed scientific explanations for how characteristics like anger expression, analysis of facial expression, and spatial manipulation differ between the sexes, Brizendine's review of brain and behavioral research should net a broad audience, from parents of boys to psychology students to fans of her first volume. Brizendine also includes an appendix regarding the brain and sexual orientation, as well as lengthy endnotes and an exhaustive reference list." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
In this highly anticipated follow up to Briznedine's The Female Brain, the author shifts her focus to the male mind. Written to be accessible and easy to read, the book is intended for both men and the women who are confused by them. The text addresses the brain structures and hormonal biology that mold how men act at each stage of life. It covers male hormones and anatomizes sections of the brain, and describes how each affects the man. The author states that male and female brains are different from the moment of conception, that the chromosomal difference is later exaggerated by hormones, and that our brain's architecture continues to change throughout life. Drawing on her twenty-five years of clinical experience as a neuropsychiatrist, Brizendine devotes a chapter to each phase of a man's life, including the "daddy brain" and the male brain and sexual orientation. Along with being an author, Brizendine is an endowed professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of California and founder of The Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the author of the groundbreaking "New York Times" bestseller "The FemaleBrain" comes the eagerly awaited follow-up that demystifies the baffling malebrain and overturns the stereotypes about men and boys.
About the Author
Louann Brizendine, M.D., a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, is an endowed clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She is founder and director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic. After receiving her degree in neurobiology at University of California, Berkeley, and her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, she completed an internship and residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has served as faculty at both Harvard and UCSF. She sits on the boards of peer reviewed journals and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
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