Gender Difference - It Begins With The Brain with Louann Brizendine, M.D.

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We all know from personal experience that men and women see the world differently and interact differently. Now we know why. Louann Brizendine, M.D. is a neuropsychiatrist who shares some eye opening revelations based on extensive medical and scientific research about our brains and how they function. Brizendine discusses the scientific implications of the evidence that women and men have distinct brain circuitry. These differences are so marked that Brizendine speaks of a female brain, and a male brain. How our brains differ, and the implications for each of us and for society, are the subject of this mind-expanding look at our biology and our behavior. Brizendine informs us,“Females tend to have more brain circuitry for picking up emotional nuance and making meaning of that. [Females] have a much better ability to do what is called memory for emotional detail.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Louann Brizendine, M.D., a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, is the founder of the Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic. She was previously on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and the University of California, Berkeley, in neurobiology. She has written in professional texts and journals.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How female and male brains differ
  • When is the gender-linked circuitry of our brains established
  • Why the nature/nurture debate is dead
  • Why 65% of divorces in the United States are filed by women over 50
  • Why an understanding of brain biology is vital to our relationships
  • How an understanding of brain functioning could reshape work environments.
Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 10/27/2006      Program Number: 3179