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2nd Edition

The Female Brain

ISBN 9781138117679
Published June 14, 2017 by CRC Press
266 Pages 57 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The first edition of The Female Brain laid the groundwork for gaining a better understanding of the female brain, examining the evidence for structural and functional differences between the brains of males and females. Addressing a wealth of new research, the second edition continues in this vein, leading readers through the basic principles of anatomy and physiology and on to the complex behavioral functions which constitute the workings of the normal and abnormal female brain.

Examines Questions about Structural and Functional Differences

The book addresses the question of structural and functional differences between the female brain and the male brain. Are there differences? How good is the evidence? Where do the differences lie? Are there differences in the neuroanatomy of females, and if so, where? Do females and males process information differently, and if so, how? The author puts the relative lack of information on the female brain into historical perspective and reviews empirical evidence relevant to the different aspects of brain structure and function. She elucidates laterality, the functional asymmetry of the brain, the left brain-right brain distinctions, and how they differ between females and males.

A Clear Presentation and Evaluation of Medical and Scientific Evidence

Filled with rigorous scientific analysis in an easily accessible format and detailed explanatory diagrams, the book systematically develops the topic from anatomy to behavior. It draws on current research to explain why men and women behave differently and why these differences should be exploited when designing research and clinical studies.

Table of Contents


The Male and His Muse

The Rules

Bibliography and Recommended Readings

A Historical Perspective

The Rise of Modern Science


Bibliography and Recommended Readings

Brain Structure: The Architecture of Difference

Development of the Brain

Sexual Dimorphism in the CNS

Regional Differences

Evidence from Other Species

Structural Changes in the Adult Brain


Bibliography and Recommended Readings

Functional Differences: Neurotransmitters and


Estrogen, Progesterone, Androgens, and Their Receptors in the CNS

Methods for Identifying Receptors in the CNS

Estrogen Receptors

Progesterone Receptors

"The Knockout Model"





Measures of Global Function

Evidence from EEG Studies

Evidence from Evoked Potential Studies

Evidence from Scan Studies


Bibliography and Recommended Readings

Perception and Cognition

IQ: When Is a Difference Not a Difference?

Visual Perception

Color: Perception and Preference

Auditory Perception

The Senses of Smell and Taste

A Word about Touch

Numbers and Sums



Bibliography and Recommended Readings


Parallel Processing and Hemispheric Advantage

Understanding Language

Emotion and Laterality

Laterality, the Menstrual Cycle, and Hemispheric Advantage

Two Theoretical Perspectives on Laterality

Bibliography and Recommended Readings

Neurology, Psychiatry, and the Female Brain




Bibliography and Recommended Readings

Drugs and Drug Effects

Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics

Drug Entry into the CNS

Drug Administration in Pregnancy and Lactation

Drug Treatment of Neurological Disorders

Drug Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders

The Non-Therapeutic Use of Drugs


Bibliography and Recommended Readings

Into the Twenty-First Century

The Story to Date

Pregnancy and the Brain

Instructions for Using the Female Brain

Pursuing the Future

Changing the Outcomes

Bibliography and References


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