Brizendine starts The Female Brain saying that at the time of her studies all subjects of research and studies were males. She set out to change that. Louann Brizendine instead says that women are under-represented in math and sciences not because they are less capable, but because their interests lie elsewhere. Sciences are more solitary professions, and women are more drawn to professions that allow them to connect. And keeping social harmony is a matter of life and death for women even in the 21st century. The author brings examples from children as well as adults, explaining that girls play as a mean to connect, while men make the game the center stage and in turn the game becomes a mean for social rank, power and defense of territory.
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By Robin Marantz Henig Sept. My brother, who even at 12 believed in the sanctity of data, decided to keep a written record of when Mom was irritable and see whether it correlated with what he could deduce about her menstrual cycle. It was hard to contradict the circumstantial evidence: when our mother had her period, she was harder to live with.
My brother, perhaps not surprisingly, grew up to be an epidemiologist. I grew up to be a science writer. Instead, she offers breezy generalizations.
Image Louann BrizendineCredit Testosterone prunes away the connections in the communication centers of the brain, while estrogen enhances these connections, as well as the regions of the brain responsible for language and for expressing emotion and observing it in others. These differences, Brizendine writes, make women better negotiators and conciliators, and men better fighters and lone wolves.
Some may chafe at these ideas as politically incorrect. But what bothers me is that Brizendine did not do a good enough job of presenting the scientific evidence.
From the titles which the reader has to look for in the bibliography , we can surmise that one study was on female mice, one on male and female rats, one apparently on female rhesus monkeys, and the other six on humans. What about the others?
And are the studies based on M. If Brizendine had chosen to describe more of these experiments, preferably in the text itself, she might have made a real contribution to our understanding of how scientists know that male and female brains are different, and how these differences manifest themselves in everyday life.
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Louann Brizendine walks her readers through the science behind the male brain in hopes that she helps her audience understand the male brain "as the fine-tuned and complex instrument that it actually is," as she writes in her book. Check out an excerpt of the book below, then head to the "GMA" Library for other great reads. And click here to read Dr. You could say that my whole career prepared me to write my first book, The Female Brain. As a medical student I had been shocked to discover that major scientific research frequently excluded women because it was believed that their menstrual cycles would ruin the data.
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Shelves: psychology-philosophy , non-fiction , vagina-soliloquies In The Female Brain, neuropsychiatrist Dr. It covers the emotional development and brain processes of women through the various stages of their lives, beginning at the beginning with childhood, moving through the tumultuous teens and the horror that is puberty and progress through womanhood into old age. In The Female Brain, neuropsychiatrist Dr. The use of science to dissect human behavior is tricky since our moods, reactions, etc are slippery little fish. Hard science it is not. Not all the way through.
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And its profound scientific understanding of the nature and experience of the female brain continues to guide women as they pass through life stages, to help men better understand the girls and women in their lives, and to illuminate the delicate emotional machinery of a love relationship. Why are women more verbal than men? 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.
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