Dr. Brizendine discusses her latest book, The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think. An article about Dr. Louann Brizendine and her research in her first book The Female Brain in a July 2006 issue of Newsweek started a media frenzy that led to appearances on GMA's "20/20" and "Good Morning America," NBC's "The Today Show" and "News with Brian Williams," CNN's "American Morning," NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered," "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" along with national print reviews and features in USA Today, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Elle, More, Discover, Health, and the coverage has not abated.
Now, Brizendine, founder of the country's first clinic to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female’s in every phase of life, from babyhood to old age. In The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think, Brizendine overturns the stereotypes about men and boys. 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.
Dr. Louann Brizendine
Louann Brizendine, M.D. graduated from UC, Berkeley in Neurobiology, Yale University in Medicine and Harvard Medical School in Psychiatry.
She served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School from 1985-88 when she came to join the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. At UCSF, Dr. Brizendine pursues active clinical, teaching, writing and research activities.
In 1994, Dr. Brizendine founded the UCSF Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic at LPPI, and continues to serve as it's director. The Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic is a unique psychiatric clinic designed to assess and treat women of all ages experiencing disruption of mood, energy, anxiety, sexual function and well-being due to hormonal influences on the brain. In addition Dr. Brizendine instructs and supervises residents, fellows, and medical students in this Clinic throughout the year helping young doctors learn more about this important area in women's mental, sexual and physical health. She annually teaches courses to medical students and residents addressing the topics of the brain effects of hormones, mood disorders, anxiety problems and sexual interest changes due to hormones throughout the country. She is an expert on the effects of testosterone on sex drive in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women.
Science concerned with the integration of psychological observations on behaviour with neurological observations on the central nervous system (CNS), including the brain. The field emerged through the work of Paul Broca and Carl Wernicke (18481905), both of whom identified sites on the cerebral cortex involved in the production or comprehension of language. Great strides have since been made in describing neuroanatomical systems and their relation to higher mental processes. The related field of neuropsychiatry addresses itself to disorders such as aphasia, Korsakoff syndrome, Tourette syndrome, and other CNS abnormalities. See alsolaterality.
I'll agree that it was weird, with Dr. Brizendine giggling at feminist insiders and anecdotal accounts of her attempt to feminize her own son. But her core message is intact and supported. There are true physiological differences between male and female brains. there is no reason to try and lump male and female bio-chemistry into a single data-point.
I think that most people let their own emotions (or indoctrinated culture)get in the way of seeing the point. also i see alot of comments attacking her communication skills as opposed to her science. Dr. Brizendine was obviously speaking to the chemical differences in male/female "operating systems" not to the higher "application" logic of the human mind. As much as I was put off by her single (read: subjective) perspective. I learned a lot from her lecture.
What do you think Sigmund Freud would think about you theory?... It looks like you were saying us that, in a certain way, our brains are only a matter of sex, or the opposite, sex emptiness. And, don't you think that your constantly references to you family can have negative effect in the scientifc consistency of your work?
For a scholar, she giggled a lot about her subject. I certainly know many men who do not fit into her small, confined, American-centric definitions. It makes one wonder how careful her research actually was.