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The Male Brain

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Publisher: 
Broadway
 | 
January, 2011
ISBN:
9780767927543
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Why do little boys find such endless fun in sheer physical movement? Why do teen boys withdraw emotionally? When young men pursue sex single-mindedly, mature men obsess over their place in their professional hierarchy, and grandfathers rediscover their tender side, what underlying biological imperatives are they following?

In this fascinating follow-up to her bestselling The Female Brain, Harvard neuropsychiatrist Brizendine leads readers through the lifespan of a man’s brain, using lively prose and personable anecdotes to turn complex scientific research into a highly accessible romp.

Through every phase of life, from babyhood to old age, the “male reality” is fundamentally different from the female one. By eight weeks after conception, the male brain is flooded with enough testosterone to radically alter its structure. And over the course of a lifetime, a male’s brain will be shaped and reshaped by genes and sex hormones, resulting in the behaviors that alternately attract and exasperate, intrigue and baffle women—and that remain equally mysterious to men themselves.

Research shows the male brain is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution. It thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy. It also has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain.

Readers will learn why it is that young boys seem unable to stay still (they are learning through “embodied cognition”); why behaviors may change so suddenly during puberty (among other changes, testosterone increases 20-fold); and the ways in which chemicals, physical touch, and play bond fathers with their children. With clearly detailed scientific explanations for how characteristics like anger expression, analysis of facial expression, and spatial manipulation differ between the sexes, Brizendine’s review of brain and behavioral research offers some refreshing light on the mysteries of the male.

Publisher’s Description: 

From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain.

Dr. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of life, the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female one. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:


*is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution.

*thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy.

*has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.

*experiences such a massive increase in testosterone at puberty that he perceive others' faces to be more aggressive.


The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes. Impeccably researched and at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge, this is a book that every man, and especially every woman bedeviled by a man, will need to own.


Praise for The Female Brain:

"Louann Brizendine has done a great favor for every man who wants to understand the puzzling women in his life. A breezy and enlightening guide to women and a must-read for men."

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence




From the Hardcover edition.

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