“I’ve found I can change the conversation at any social gathering by mentioning Louann Brizendine’s book, The Female Brain.” —David Brooks, New York Times. A physician argues the female brain is hard-wired to negotiate and me frustrated with “The Female Brain,” Louann Brizendine’s effort to. Since Dr. Brizendine wrote The Female Brain ten years ago, the response has been overwhelming. This New York Times bestseller has been.

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This is how bad science gets spread However, armed with this knowledge, it is possible to break the cycle of mother-infant stress. In the chapter about how the female brain works in the areas of love and trust, she states: Scientist simply couldn’t, and didn’t have the equipment, to understand the female brain in relation to the male brain. Here a linguistics professor from the University of Pennsylvania fact-checks a short passage from “The Female Brain” and finds no evidence to support the book’s claims about women talking more than men: Brizendine claims to be gender-characteristic of brains was brizendkne not what I wanted to read.

It is infinitely interesting and lends an amazing insight into how we as women function on a daily basis. How does oxytocin create feelings of relaxation?

Which is not to say the doctor louqnn “all” women do this or that. Who conducted this experiment? Many times the author states a common pop culture bit of pseudo-science psychology that many have heard, but there is no real scientific evidence for it being true. Feb 04, Kimberley rated it did not like it Recommends it for: It’s also amazing that the book has been edited down to only pages.

The Female Brain

Try reading with an open mind and realize that she isn’t trying to oppress women but is merely showing the relationship of evolution to the human brain. I’m finding myself recommending this book to everyone–female and male. Brizendinf hormones are literally changing daily, and these hormones have a huge impact on how brrain feel. I was disappointed in that since there are quite a few medical profe The train wreck started with the initial characterization of the hormones. It’s simplified and generalized.


Well, let’s empathize with her, it’s her first volume. In the short time it took me to read it, I observed females and the way they interact in comparison to males.

Women actually use different parts of the brain and different circuits than men to accomplish the same tasks, including solving problems, processing language, and generally experiencing the world. And that the best parts of myself, are also a product of my hormones. No trivia or quizzes yet. HOWEVER, she takes a very stereotypical view of women and does not make any allowances for women whose behavior is di This book pissed me off more than anything I’ve read in a long time.

Why do women tend to form deeper bonds with their female friends than men do with their male counterparts? 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.

The brain is virtually in a drug-withdrawal state. When was it conducted? Brizendine was given the tongue-in-cheek Becky Awardwhich is given to “people or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to linguistic misinformation”. Anyone looking to dismiss females louahn irrational. Worse, the science is poor, relying mostly on case study from private practice and completely irrelevant animal studies giving 0 background on studies.

The Female Brain (book) – Wikipedia

To be honest, I didn’t like it at first when she started talking about females as super human beings, and how we The Female Brain is a science book that discusses the physical and psychological aspects of the female brain. I felt like she included that and the little by-line on the back of the book “Men, get ready to have brain envy” to passify the feminists.


The use of science to dissect human behavior is fwmale since our moods, reactions, etc are slippery little fish. A big problem is that most of the book is anecdotal.

This perhaps explains why males are more likely to anger quickly and take violent action in response to immediate physical danger. Aug 31, Jen O’Brien rated it it was amazing.

Many reviewers also took it at face value see http: One such ‘fact’, regarding the usage of words per day has been removed in current printings due to it’s inaccuracy. I can prove it with ‘science’! Her evidence for this? I am sorry if my initial positive review caused anyone to likewise read it and believe the same distorted views about women. Secondly, I found that the references were scant and when studies were mentioned they seemed to be generalizations of rodent studies.

It is well-known that girls usually begin speaking sometime before boys, thanks to the more well-developed language circuitry of the their brains. But the original research doesn’t really say that.

I could find just as many examples from my preschoolers of cases where the boys displayed better behavior and the girls were manipulative and exlclusive. Part of me thinks I should finish the book because I should ths what is inside. The problem is that I’m not interested in why so many women exhibit stereotypical behavior.