The Female Brain - Louann Brizendine, M.D.

The Female Brain

By Louann Brizendine, M.D.

  • Release Date: 2006-08-01
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 4.5
From 42 Ratings


Since Dr. Brizendine wrote The Female Brain ten years ago, the response has been overwhelming. This New York Times bestseller has been translated into more than thirty languages, has sold nearly a million copies between editions, and has most recently inspired a romantic comedy starring Whitney Cummings and Sofia Vergara. 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.

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.


  • Pseudoscientific garbage

    By Luke Hanessian
    Both of Ms. Brizendine's books about the psychology of men and women are overhyped, sensationalist nonsense that rely on poor sample studies as well as statements that are factually untrue. For example, one of the studies she uses to show that women are naturally better at empathizing and reading people's emotions better are based off of a study that included only women while another study showed both men and women responding with empathy. Another fallacy in her book is the claim that women are better multi-takers because "women's corpora callosa are larger than men's", despite the fact that women's corpora callosa are the same size. Finally, one of the more infamous fallacies in her book is the claim that men are better at math despite the NUMEROUS studies showing that boys and girls are just as good at math as each other as well as studies that show that boys lie about their math skills and say that they do better than girls in spite of the actual test scores which are the same as girls. For anyone who is genuinely interested in the psychology of men and women, stay away from this book. No matter how many copies of her books sell or receive rave reviews from people who don't know squat about neuroscience, Ms. Brizendine's books are pseudoscientific garbage that deserve to be in the same trash bin as books by creationists or climate change deniers.
  • Very Interesting

    By West1210
    This author brings up some amazing theories on why women act the ways they do....and not only how they act but how they interact with the opposite sex. There is an explanation for everything in this book. I highly recommend it! I'm going to get The Male Brain as soon as I finish this one :)