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Overview

"In the follow-up to the bestselling The Female Brain, Dr. Louann Brizendine turns her attention to the male brain, showing how the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female's in every phase of life, from babyhood to old age. 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." In The Male Brain, Dr. Brizendine provides insight about boys and men. 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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

In this utterly 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. Among other salient info, readers will learn why it is what 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); the nature of irritability in teens ("boys' hormones prime them for aggressive and territorial behaviors"); 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 should net a broad audience, from parents of boys to psychology students to fans of her first volume. Brizendine also includes an appendix regarding the brain and sexual orientation, as well as lengthy endnotes and an exhaustive reference list.
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"In this utterly 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. Among other salient info, readers will learn why it is what 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); the nature of irritability in teens ("boys' hormones prime them for aggressive and territorial behaviors"); 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 should net a broad audience, from parents of boys to psychology students to fans of her first volume. Brizendine also includes an appendix regarding the brain and sexual orientation, as well as lengthy endnotes and an exhaustive reference list."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"As a woman who has known complicated men her whole life, I can't help but wish The Male Brain had been around when I was a girl. Dr. Louann Brizendine's lucid, lively, and always fascinating discussion of how the male brain works (and why) has enlightened me in more ways than I can count. Now I can't wait to give the book to all my women friends."
—Jane Fonda, actress and author of My Life So Far

"Dr. Brizendine has marshaled a host of impressive data and insights and presented them in an elegant and entertaining way to clearly illustrate men's reality--as infants, boys, teens, lovers, husbands, fathers and workers. It's a deep dive into the worlds of men, as well as a fascinating read. And along the way, you will pick up some valuable tips to help you understand, appreciate and connect with the men in your life."
--Helen Fisher, Ph.D., author of Why Him? Why Her?

"It takes an extraordinary woman like Dr. Louann Brizendine to understand the male brain. She brings the latest in state-of-the-art science in helping us to understand the most ancient and primal of male passions and desires--and viva le difference! Highly recommended."
-Dean Ornish, author of The Spectrum

"The remarkable brain science behind Mars and Venus in a really enjoyable read! I think that this book, along with The Female Brain should be read by every parent, child, husband, wife, employer, employee, and dating age adult – they bring love and understanding into our most important, and sometimes most frustrating relationships."
-Martin L. Rossman, M.D., Clinical Faculty, UCSF; Founder, TheHealingMind.org, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767927536
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 551,166
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Louann Brizendine, M.D., a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, is an endowed clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. She is founder and director of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic. After receiving her degree in neurobiology at University of California, Berkeley, and her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, she completed an internship and residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has served as faculty at both Harvard and UCSF. She sits on the boards of peer reviewed journals and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
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The Male Brain


By Louann Brizendine, M.D.

Broadway

Copyright © 2010 Louann Brizendine, M.D.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780767927536

C O N T E N T S
 
INTRODUCTION: What Makes a Man
 
ONE: The Boy Brain
 
TWO: The Teen Boy Brain
 
THREE: The Mating Brain: Love and Lust
 
FOUR: The Brain Below the Belt
 
FIVE: The Daddy Brain
 
SIX: Manhood: The Emotional Lives of Men
 
SEVEN: The Mature Male Brain
 
EPILOGUE: The Future of the Male Brain
 
APPENDIX: The Male Brain and Sexual Orientation
 
Excerpt  from Chapter Two:
The Teen Boy Brain
 
“TURN OFF your computer now, Jake! No gaming until that homework is done!” shrieked Jake’s mother as she pounded on his bedroom door. Opening the door a crack, Jake gave her a blank stare and grumbled something under his breath before shutting the door in her face. Kate knew he’d probably turn the computer back on without the volume. But what she didn’t know was that free porn sites were beginning to be more enticing to him than the war games he played online with his buddies.
 
Kate was a patient of mine, and up until this past year, she’d described her relationship with Jake as close and rewarding. But when her formerly happy and cooperative son turned fourteen, he became sullen and irritable. Struggle, struggle, struggle is all they seemed to do these days. When Kate and her husband, Dan, found out that Jake hadn’t turned in a single English assignment in weeks, they worried that he might be drinking or experimenting with drugs. That’s when they scheduled a family appointment with me. During our session, Jake stared out the window and Dan listened politely as Kate wrenchingly complained that their son had suddenly become unreachable and secretive. Not only had Jake gotten into a fight with another freshman, named Dylan, but he also had a new group of friends, including a girl named Zoe whom Kate
described as “fast.” Dan spoke up in disagreement, saying, “I’m not too worried about the fight or Jake’s new friends. But I do expect Jake to keep his grades up.”
 
Meanwhile, Jake, with his curly brown hair and long, lanky limbs, see med dazed and oblivious to his parents’ worries about him. When I turned and asked him, “What do you think of your parents’ concerns?” he merely shrugged. It was clear that Jake, like most teens, wasn’t going to say much of
anything in front of his parents, so I suggested that he come in for a private session the following week. Since my own teen son had recently left for college after four long years of high school, I had a pretty good idea what Jake and his parents were going through. No matter how harmonious a boy’s childhood
has been, puberty can change everything. This stage of child development requires that delicate parental maneuver of becoming disengaged without disengaging. Kate said she felt as if the Jake she knew had disappeared, and in some ways he had.
 
Scientists have discovered that the teen brain in both sexes is distinctly different from the preadolescent brain. The changes that were becoming obvious in Jake were set in motion by his genes and hormones while he was still in utero. Now, with the end of the juvenile pause, it was time for Jake to ramp
up his skills for surviving in a man’s world. And he was ready and eager, even if his mother wasn’t. At this stage, the millions of little androgen switches, or receptors, in his brain are hungrily awaiting the arrival of testosterone— king of the male hormones. As the floodgates are flung wide open, the juice of
manhood saturates his body and his brain. When my own son turned fourteen and became moody and irritable, I remember thinking, “Oh my God, soon the testosterone will take him over mind, body, and soul.”
 
TESTOSTERONE TSUNAMI
 
Although Kate worried that Jake’s behavior was extreme, I assured her that he was no different from many other boys his age. At fourteen, Jake’s brain would have already been under reconstruction for a few years. Between the ages of nine and fifteen, his male brain circuitry, with its billions of neurons and trillions
of connections, was “going live” as his testosterone level soared twenty fold. If testosterone were beer, a nine-year-old boy would get the equivalent of about one cup a day. But by age fifteen, it would be equal to two gallons a day. Jake wasn’t into drugs or alcohol. He was loaded on testosterone.
 
From then on, testosterone would biologically masculinize all the thoughts and behaviors that emerge from his brain. It would stimulate the rapid growth of male brain circuits that were formed before he was born. It also would enlarge his testicles, activate the growth of his muscles and bones, make his beard and pubic hair grow, deepen his voice, and lengthen and thicken his penis. But just as dramatically, it would make his
brain’s sexual- pursuit circuits, in his hypothalamus, grow more than twice as large as those in girls’ brains. The male brain is now structured to push sexual pursuit to the forefront of his mind.
 
Early in puberty, when images of breasts and other female body parts naturally take over their brain’s visual cortex, some boys wonder if they’re turning into “pervs.” It takes a little while for them to get used to their new preoccupation with girls, which runs on autopilot. This sexual preoccupation is like a large-screen TV in a sports bar— always on in the background. When I share this information with teen boys in high-school
classrooms, I can see recognition flash across many of their faces, if only for an instant, before they go back to looking bored.
 
 
But sex is not the only thing on a teen boy’s mind. As the testosterone surged through Jake’s brain cells, it was stimulating a companion hormone called vasopressin. Together, testosterone and vasopressin were making Jake’s brain territorial about his room and sensitive to his peer’s putdowns— perceived or real.
And when these hormones got mixed with the stress hormone cortisol, they supercharged his body and brain, preparing him for the male fight-or-flight response in reaction to challenges to his status or turf. Our brains have bee n shaped for hundreds of thousands of years by living in status-conscious hierarchical
groups. And while not all tee n boys want to be king of the hill, they do want to be close to the top of the pecking order, staying as far from the bottom as possible. And that can mean taking risks that get them into trouble.
 
Like most of us moms, Kate couldn’t fully appreciate or relate to all the changes in her teen son’s brain. When Dan and Kate came into my office the next week, I said to Kate, “Don’t worry. It takes about eight to nine years for the teen brain to complete the remodeling it began when he entered puberty. Jake’s hormonally enhanced brain circuits will stabilize when he’s in his late teens or early twenties.”
 
Kate’s face fell. “I’m not sure I’ll live that long. This boy’s killing me.” I could see that she was only half joking. Dan turned to me and said, “Look, Jake’s just like every other teenage boy that ever walked the planet Earth. He’s gonna look at some porn. He’s gonna blow off his homework, get in some fights, and drool over girls. Once he’s grounded for a while, he’ll come around.”
 
Excerpted from THE MALE BRAIN by Louann Brizendine, M.D. Copyright © 2010 by Louann Brizendine, M.D. Excerpted by permission of Broadway, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Table of Contents

The Male Brain (diagram)

The Cast of Neurohormone Characters

Phases of a Male's Life

Introduction What Makes a Man 1

1 The Boy Brain 9

2 The Teen Boy Brain 30

3 The Mating Brain: Love and Lust 51

4 The Brain Below the Belt 67

5 The Daddy Brain 79

6 Manhood: The Emotional Lives of Men 95

7 The Mature Male Brain 112

Epilogue The Future of the Male Brain 131

Appendix The Male Brain and Sexual Orientation 133

Notes 137

References 179

Index 263

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    A Must Read

    For Women, this book provides insight into why Men appear to be "crazy". We're not. We're just not Women.

    For Men, the explanations of brain structures and biochemical activity, coupled with the anecdotal stories from counseling sessions, provide insight and awareness into why we're ready to go after that idiot in traffic, push back against opposition, and fight for our perceived turf.

    We may not be able to stop our immediate reactions, but we can learn to get on top of it.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Applicable to everyone!

    If you interact with other humans, this book is very useful. It may help ease the tension in a relationship as the reader figures out some of the reasons men and women are different. Doesn't offer men excuses, but does proffer some reasons :) Easy to read, lighthearted, and relevant.

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  • Posted March 31, 2010

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    A good read. Made me think of another book I read, When All Reason Fails, where the author has inserted journal entries of his main character (a male) and in each journal section this character speaks directly to women (from a male perspective) about men and rejection, trust and acceptance, love and lust, insecurities, vanity, aging, cheating and more. When I read The Male Brain the reason I thought of When All Reason Fails is that in it the author starts by saying, "It's all about sex (for men)" and then talks about when men are looking that they have an option 1 and option 2 mindset. Option one is that they've got one eye wide open that's always looking for their type, that special girl to fall in love with, while the other eye, option 2, is always on the prowl for their second option, looking to get laid, and they switch gears from option 1 to option 2 with great speed. He also talks about how option 1 and 2 is no longer just what men do, but what women are doing as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Great and easy read

    In depth without being full of techno babble. Definitely in crease your understanding of self and others with this book. All while providing great insight and some laughs as you think back to your own personal experiences in life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Highly Recommend!

    This book is a must read for husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. If you have anything to do with the male of the species, this well researched and presented material will help you sleep better. It ranks right up there with The Female Brain. Thank you Dr. Brizendine! I've read both of them to my wife, and we only wish we could have had this better understanding when we started our marriage 45 years ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Great book of teenagers to read in school

    I think that this is a good book for females to read because before i read this book i never trusted guys because i was always getting dumped so i only thought of them as cold hearted males who only wanted sex. but now that i am reading this book my whole perspective on guys has changed.

    I also think that guys should read the book The Female Brain that way they can understand us better to.

    I also think that (since i am a female teenager) they should have kids in high school read this so that we will understand eachother better.

    Cause i thiught that if we all understood eachother that there wouldnt be so much drama.

    - Dawn Funk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Not as good as her other book

    The female brain was one of the most interesting books ever and this one just doesnt do it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Not as captivating as the female brain....

    This book had more of a textbook feel than the female brain. Found it a bit boring in comparison.

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