Brizendine established the first clinic in the country to study and treat women's brain functions. This revolutionary book combines two decades of her work and the latest information from the scientific community to provide a truly comprehensive look at the way women's minds work. Marilyn Yalom says An eye-opening account of the biological foundations of human behavior. Destined to become a classic in the field of gender studies. - Book Passage
Dr. Louann Brizendine
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.
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.
Precisely, Gestalt. Nature/Nurture is a construction. She explicitly states the brain is nature. The monkey example, rocketdog, is a "nurture (tying the finger) event to which the brain responds. You're complaining about a straw man.
It would also help to provide an alternate position, at least in brief. "I don't buy it," usually doesn't get us very far in respect to knowledge and insight.
I've just listened to the presentation. Her position is quite different from dismissing nurture. What she claims is that the "nature vs. nurture" debate is dead now: with the discovery of neuroplasticity of the brain it became a false dichotomy. We now know that experience ("nurture") acts on the brain ("nature") and changes it. As a psychotherapist, I cannot agree more.
Well ok, sure...technically speaking I wasn't criticizing her book, I was criticizing her presentation of it here on ForaTv. It may be true that Brizendine stresses the importance of environmental factors on gender differences in her book, but she seems fairly dismissive of them here. For that reason, I think my point is still a valid one.
Sorry, but I'm reading the book.She did a lot of research and she's not implying at all the cultural/social causes doesn't have any effects.Actually she mention this facts all the time.I think to critize her work you should read her book first and not just reviews or a short presentation on her essay.
Dr. Brizendine's work has been under attack from many corners of academia since her book's release. And not without good reason; efforts to fact-check her sources have revealed less-than-stellar research on her part.
I've got to admit that I found this presentation to be more than a little bit infuriating, and not just because of Brizendine's vaguely condescending soccer-mom lecture style. She seems to be saying that the nature v. nurture debate has already been decided in nature's favor, attributing just about every nuanced personality distinction between men and women solely to brain development, while virtually dismissing out of hand the possibility that any of these distinctions could be due to cultural or other environmental causes. I'm no psychologist, but that sounds like a fairly controversial stance to take (and I see that a quick Googling of Brizendine's name will more than back me up on that). Sorry, Soccer Mom -- I'm not buying it.