Dr. Louann Brizendine discusses her latest book, The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think. An article about Dr. Brizendine and her research in her first book The Female Brain in a July 2006 issue of Newsweek started a media frenzy that led to appearances on GMA’s “20/20” and “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “The Today Show” and “News with Brian Williams,” CNN’s “American Morning,” NPR’s “Weekend All Things Considered,” “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” along with national print reviews and features in USA Today, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Elle, More, Discover, Health, and the coverage has not abated.

Louann Brizendine, M.D. graduated from UC, Berkeley in Neurobiology, Yale University in Medicine and Harvard Medical School in Psychiatry.

She served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School from 1985-88 when she came to join the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. At UCSF, Dr. Brizendine pursues active clinical, teaching, writing and research activities.

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In 1994, Dr. Brizendine founded the UCSF Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic at LPPI, and continues to serve as it’s director. The Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic is a unique psychiatric clinic designed to assess and treat women of all ages experiencing disruption of mood, energy, anxiety, sexual function and well-being due to hormonal influences on the brain. In addition Dr. Brizendine instructs and supervises residents, fellows, and medical students in this Clinic throughout the year helping young doctors learn more about this important area in women’s mental, sexual and physical health. She annually teaches courses to medical students and residents addressing the topics of the brain effects of hormones, mood disorders, anxiety problems and sexual interest changes due to hormones throughout the country. She is an expert on the effects of testosterone on sex drive in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women.


  • History of Studying Sex Differences
  • Comparing the Male and Female Brain
  • History in the Field
  • Differences in Little Boys and Girls
  • The Boy Smell
  • The Teenage Brain
  • The Daddy Brain
  • The Emotional Life of Men
  • Sex, Love and the Male Brain
  • The Mature Male Brain

Q & A

  • Differences in Development of Single Men
  • Social Construction of Gender
  • Individual Differences
  • The Gay Brain
  • Males Using One Side of Their Brain
  • Males Raised by Single Mothers
  • Men’s Fear of Dancing
  • Changes in the Brain During Pregnancy
  • Hearing Differences
  • The Brain in Love
  • World Studies
  • Older Men vs. Younger Men

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