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Tracing Male and Female Brain Development

As Told by Louann Brizendine, It’s a Dramatic Story of Neurobiology, Differentiation, and Human Survival


Marinating in testosterone in utero shapes the male brain so that the infant is born neurologically perfected to pursue the reproductive imperative. At the same stage, the female brain is being fine-tuned in its estrogen bath as an ideal caretaker—exquisitely refined to ensure the survival of infants in the future.

In her conversation with me—airing for the first time this Wednesday at 1:00 pm Eastern—Louann Brizendine explores the complex and extraordinary development of the brain through a lifetime, paying special attention to neurobiology’s role in the differentiation between the male and female brain

As told by Louann, the latest neuroscientific findings unfold like a story.

You’ll see when you listen to her in this quick video clip about Stage 3—the Adolescent Brain—where she focuses on how the hormones of puberty drive a new level of differentiation between the neurobiology and behavior of adolescent men and women.

Click on the frame below to watch, and please let us know what you think.

Louann Brizendine, M.D., is a neurobiologist and practicing clinician who specializes in the relationship dynamics that result from the neurobiology of male and female brains. A faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, she’s the author of the bestsellers The Female Brain and The Male Brain. Louann joins Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson, Michael Gelb, Norman Doidge, and Stephen Porges for our all-new streaming-video webcast series.

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Session 3 with Louann Brizendine— The Myth of the Unisex Brain
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7 Responses to Tracing Male and Female Brain Development

  1. anne pauline warman says:

    it sounds fascinating!

    • Thanks Anne, I hope you enjoy it. This area has become a hot research area and newly funded by NIH in the sex differences in medicine category. Something new is coming out every week in this area of neuroscience.
      all the best,
      Dr Louann Brizendine

  2. Jennifer says:

    This is not new information.

    • Hi Jennifer, oh there is SO much new here and more coming out every week! It has become a very exciting area of basic and translational neuroscience sex differences research in the last few years. Check out the symposium on March 5-6, 2013 at Stanford. (You can come as my guest!)
      Dr Louann Brizendine

  3. Bruce Cowper-Smith says:

    This is interesting, but its certainly not new. Almost 24 years ago, Anne Moir and David Jessel wrote “Brain Sex, The Real Difference Between Men & Women”, and in 2003, Simon Baron-Cohen wrote “The Essential Difference, The Truth about the Male & Female Brain”. It would seem appropriate that some of these earlier researchers and writers should get mentioned.

  4. Dear Bruce, Yes the area of sex differences in medicine has been inching forward, slowly, and every person who is in the field now stands on the shoulders of many greats who have come before, like Frank Beach, Marion Diamond in the hormonal neurobiology of brain and sexual function differences. We have SO much work to do now and in the future. check out the Basic and Translational Neuroscience Research on Sex Differences in Medicine conferences this year–such exciting new research! all the best, Dr Louann Brizendine

  5. Eileen says:

    You’re gonna love this question: can I come to the March 5-6 Stanford symposium as your guest, as well? So interested in this rapidly evolving information. Thank you for your part in propelling it.

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