October 18, 2007
On The Female Brain
While we're on cognition, Dr. Louann Brizendine gives us a peak into the female brain, addressing an audience that comprises more than 600 men and women. Her book with the same title - The Female Brain, has apparently been translated into 21 languages. She is also the founder of the Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic.
Brizendine lives and works in my hood - northern California, where she teaches courses at the University of Calfiornia on the brain effects of hormones, mood disorders, anxiety problems and sexual interest changes due to hormonal shifts. Her key interests and expertise revolve around how hormones influence mood, irritability, anxiety, depresion, self-esteem, thinking, sleep, memory, and energy.
She reminds us that 50% of the smartest brains on the planet are female. For the first time in history, women have complete control of their fertility. We are now living for 40-50 years beyond menopause. "There is no unisex brain," says Brizendine.
Her dream for the future is that biology will not be destiny, "because," she hopes, "we will have a deep respect and understanding of the way men and female brains differ. And her other hope is that we put an end to war and focus more of our attention on human kindness in the world."
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