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The Female Brain

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2007

Dr. Louann Brizendine shared some of the highlights from her book, "The Female Brain," and demystified some common questions about female behavior.

-On average, sexual thoughts float through a man's brain every 52 seconds and through a woman's only once a day (though perhaps three to four times on her most fertile days).

-Men use about 7,000 words per day, while women use about 20,000.

-Women get lots of comfort from talking. As they talk, their body releases a brain hormone called oxytocin, which is a "feel-good" hormone. Men get excitement from things like playing and watching sports -- and also from watching women.

-In the brain centers for language and hearing, women have 11 percent more neurons than men. The principle hub of both emotion and memory formation -- the hippocampus -- is also larger in the female brain, as is the brain circuitry for language and observing emotions in others.

-Men, by contrast, have two and a half times the brain space devoted to sexual drive and larger brain centers for action and aggression.

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Louann Brizendine

Comments (1)

  • setzler 17 Feb, 2008

    This is very interesting about the female brain