When a friend passed on Louann Brizendine's The Male Brain ($17) I almost added it to my already sky-high tower of books, but her recommendation was so passionate, I cracked it open during my commute. And I couldn't stop reading. The follow up to Brizendine's bestselling The Female Brain, the XY edition looks at the lifespan of a man's brain — from conception to old age — and how hormones influence growth, behavior, and the stages of life. While many of the book's insights felt like common sense reminders from college courses and pregnancy preparedness guides, I learned (or re-learned) a few fascinating tidbits that have already helped me better understand the men in my life. I highly suggest you pick up a copy, but in the interim, here are a few titillating teasers.
Dr. Louann Brizendine's brain is filled with information about why women and men act the way they do. As the founder of UCSF's Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic, the neuropsychiatrist uses brain science to try to give us insights into our behavior. She wrote The Female Brain, which looks at the female brain from birth, to motherhood, to menopause, and followed up with The Male Brain, which came out earlier this year.
Dr. Brizendine's notion that differences between the sexes can be traced to the brain has been met with significant criticism, and some have claimed to debunk her conclusions. I spoke with her at the Women's Conference, and she explained her findings, while also noting that there is a wide variety of behavior in either sex. Check out my interview above.