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The Male Brain

A look at the book "The Male Brain" by Louann Brizendine and a review of the reviews and discussions which followed the

Clark Wight

on 5 June 2013

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The Male Brain a few facts from her book ... What we think when we mention a book on the male brain Medial proptic area (MPOA): This is the area for sexual pursuit, found in the hypothalmus, and it is 2.5 times larger in the male. Temporal Parietal Junction (TPJ): The solution seeker, this 'cognitive empathy" brain hub. More active in a male brain and races towards a "fix it fast" solution Dorsal Premammillary Nucleus (DPN): The defend-your-turf area. It is larger in males and contains special circuits to detect territorial challenges. Amygdala: The alarm system for threats, fear and danger. This area is larger in male brains. It gets fired up to fight by testosterone, vasopressin and cortisol. Rostal Cingulate Zone (RCZ): The brain's barometer for registering social approval or disapproval. During puberty, it may help males reset their facial responses to hide their emotions Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA): It is the motivation center that manufactures dopamine (required for initiating movement, motivation and reward). It is more active in the male brain. Mirror-Neuron system (MNS): The emotional and empathy system. It is larger in female brains. Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC): It is the worry-wart, fear of punishment area. It is smaller in men than in women. The ACC is also the area of self-consciousness. Prefrontal Cortex (PFC): The CEO of the brain, the PFC focuses on the matter at hand and makes good judgements. It is also the 'brakes' for impulses. It is larger in women and matures faster in females than in males by 1 or 2 years. Cast of Neurohormone Characters Hormones can determine ... a boy in motion
(pg 10/11) Tracking hormonal changes Fetal Growth
marinating in testosterone Boyhood Puberty Sexual Maturity/Single Man Fatherhood Midlife Manhood Andropause Boys need to squirm to learn
pg 25 embodied cognition
pg 26 What we have to look forward to ..pg 29 Male colored glasses
pg 38 The Mating Brain .. pgs 51 -66
You're on your own 1/5 of a second testosterone goes down when she is pregnant 2 emotional systems
pg 97 memory and emotion
pg 96 the golden age of man
pgs113,122 Final thoughts Testosterone tsunami
pg. 32 Men and detail
pg 104
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