The Female Brain

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Aug 7, 2007 - Science - 304 pages
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Every brain begins as a female brain. It only becomes male eight weeks after conception, when excess testosterone shrinks the communications center, reduces the hearing cortex, and makes the part of the brain that processes sex twice as large.

Louann Brizendine, M.D. is a pioneering neuropsychiatrist who 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 whom they’ll love. Brizendine reveals the neurological explanations behind why

• 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

• A woman knows what people are feeling, while a man can’t spot an emotion unless somebody cries or threatens bodily harm

• A woman over 50 is more likely to initiate divorce than a man

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.

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User Review  - Perri - Goodreads

I felt less unique, reading how biology and chemistry have affected my life, but also celebrating what makes the female mind special. So much validation and now on to the mysteries of the Male Mind Read full review

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User Review  - Ashley Lynn - Goodreads

I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this title. Informative and I enjoyed the breakdown by life stages but it really reduces women (and their brains) to just hormones. It's a quick read though and wasn't a total waste of time Read full review

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, 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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