The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine

Dr Louann Brizendine describes the uniquely flexible structure of the female brain and its constant, dynamic state of change – the key difference that separates it from that of the male – and reveals how women think, what they value, how they communicate, and whom they’ll love.

She also reveals the neurological explanations behind a number of observable behaviours. The reasons a woman remembers fights that a man insists never happened, for example. Thoughts about sex enter a woman’s brain perhaps twice a day but may enter a man’s brain up to once every few minutes.  A woman’s brain goes on high alert during pregnancy – and stays that way long after giving birth. A woman over 50 is more likely to initiate divorce than a man.

This is a fun, accessible book. Brizendine — a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco — doesn’t burden us with facts. Instead, she offers breezy generalizations. “The female brain,” she writes, “has tremendous unique aptitudes — outstanding verbal agility, the ability to connect deeply in friendship, a nearly psychic capacity to read faces and tone of voice for emotions and states of mind, and the ability to defuse conflict.” She says that “all of this is hard-wired into the brains of women” — a process she works to document, but whose broader implications she never quite makes clear.

Published in 2006 by Bantam Books


Dr Louann Brizendine is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic at the University of California. She has more than three decades of experience as a physician, psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist and has studied the female brain for the past 20 years. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

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[…] and director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic at the University of California, published The Female Brain and followed it in 2010 with The Male Brain. Both sold like hotcakes. It seems that everyone is […]

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