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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,279 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louann Brizendine Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Smith | 2/7/2014

    " This relatively short book by a clinical psychiatrist aims to shed light on the how the chemistry and functioning of the human male brain changes throughout a man's life. It's easy to read and not too technical. There is some mention of various parts of the brain, but you don't have to remember them to get the gist of what she's saying. The book is divided into chapters that discuss various stages of a man's life, from childhood through adolescence to young adulthood, middle age, and the "mature" years. She also personalizes the stages by using patient anecdotes (with the names changed) to illustrate the principles of each life stage. The main point of the book is that male brains are physically different from female brains and are better at some things and worse at others than female brains. Not surprisingly, the male brain has evolved to make its owner want a lot of sex! :-) The book is much shorter than it appears -- nearly half its length consists of end notes, references, and an index. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paula | 2/6/2014

    " All jokes, aside, it was an enlightening book. many of the male/female differences we joke about are truly "hard-wired" and have reasons behind them which, if understood, allow us as wives, mothers daughters, sisters, girlfriends, etc. to better understand men. She wrote The Female Brain first, but I have not read it yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frederick | 2/1/2014

    " Dr Brizendine did an excellent job showing the vast difference between the way boys/men think as opposed to a girl/woman. As a Psychophysiological researcher in the very most amateur way, I can recommend this book. Most boys grow up and think of themselves as odd because they think of sexual images for much of the day, yet if they admit their thoughts to a "normal" girl/woman they are rebuffed by most. Research of the last 35 years shows that men and women are vastly different, not only in appearance, but by the way they process their thoughts and the thoughts themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 2/1/2014

    " I liked this book for what it was - a pop-sort of psychology explanation of hormonal changes and brain development over the course of the lifetime for men and how those changes can effect their behavior. The book includes some information about differences from women, and differences for gay men. She does take her conclusions a little farther than I think is entirely appropriate a few times (based on the research she is citing), but it was more generally helpful than not. It certainly has interesting implications for the fields of education and psychological evaluation, as well as family relationships. "

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