The Female Brain

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-27
  • Publisher: CRC Press

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The first edition of this bestseller laid the groundwork for understanding the female brain, examining the evidence of 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. Filled with rigorous scientific analysis in an easily accessible format, the book delineates gender-based differences between brains and explains why they should be considered when designing research and clinical studies.

Table of Contents

Series Prefacep. xi
Prefacep. xiii
The Authorp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The male and his musep. 1
The backgroundp. 3
Hormonesp. 3
The central nervous systemp. 8
Interactions between hormones and neurotransmittersp. 21
Neuroscience methodsp. 21
The rulesp. 22
Bibliography and recommended readingsp. 24
A historical perspectivep. 27
The rise of modern sciencep. 31
Conclusionsp. 36
Bibliography and recommended readingsp. 36
Brain structure: The architecture of differencep. 39
Development of the brainp. 40
Sexual dimorphism in the CNSp. 42
Regional differencesp. 46
Evidence from other speciesp. 51
Structural changes in the adult brainp. 54
Conclusionsp. 54
Bibliography and recommended readingsp. 56
Functional differences: Neurotransmitters and neuromodulatorsp. 59
Estrogen, progesterone, androgens, and their receptors in the CNSp. 60
Methods for identifying receptors in the CNSp. 61
Estrogen receptorsp. 62
Progesterone receptorsp. 64
"The knockout model"p. 65
GABAp. 66
Serotoninp. 68
Dopaminep. 70
Cannabinoidsp. 75
Measures of global functionp. 76
Evidence from EEG studiesp. 81
Evidence from evoked potential studiesp. 83
Evidence from scan studiesp. 84
Conclusionsp. 86
Bibliography and recommended readingsp. 86
Perception and cognitionp. 91
IQ: When is a difference not a difference?p. 93
Visual perceptionp. 96
Color: Perception and preferencep. 106
Auditory perceptionp. 107
The senses of small and tastep. 108
A word about touchp. 112
Numbers and sumsp. 112
Memoryp. 113
Conclusionsp. 119
Bibliography and recommended readingsp. 120
Lateralityp. 125
Parallel processing and hemispheric advantagep. 126
Understanding languagep. 128
Emotion and lateralityp. 135
Laterality, the menstrual cycle, and hemispheric advantagep. 137
Two theoretical perspectives on lateralityp. 139
Conclusionsp. 144
Bibliography and recommended readingsp. 146
Neurology, Psychiatry, and the female brainp. 149
Neurologyp. 149
Chronic headachesp. 150
Strokep. 151
Chronic painp. 151
Stressp. 152
Sleepp. 155
Multiple sclerosisp. 156
Epilepsyp. 163
Parkinson's diseasep. 166
Alzheimer's disease and agingp. 169
Psychiatryp. 172
Depressionp. 172
Anxietyp. 176
Schizophreniap. 178
Conclusionsp. 184
Bibliography and recommended readingsp. 185
Drugs and drug effectsp. 193
Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamicsp. 195
Drug entry into the CNSp. 198
Drug administration in pregnancy and lactationp. 199
Drug treatment of neurological disordersp. 200
Pain and analgesiap. 200
Migrainep. 201
Neurodegenerationp. 201
Parkinson's diseasep. 205
Alzheimer's diseasep. 206
Multiple sclerosisp. 208
Epilepsyp. 208
Drug treatment of psychiatric disordersp. 210
Anxietyp. 210
Depressionp. 216
Psychosisp. 219
The nontherapeutic use of drugsp. 221
Conclusionsp. 225
Bibliography and recommended readingsp. 226
Into the twenty-first centuryp. 233
The story to datep. 234
Pregnancy and the brainp. 237
Instructions for using the female brainp. 237
Pursuing the futurep. 238
Changing the outcomesp. 240
Bibliography and referencesp. 242
Indexp. 243
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