Check out Lisa Mosconi’s TED Talk to learn more!

Lisa Mosconi is an Italian American neuroscientist, educator, and author known for her books The XX Brain and Brain Food. She is the Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, both at Weill Cornell Medical College where she is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Neurology.


Her TED Talk breaks down the differences between women’s and men’s brains and how hormones play a vital role in how our brains change with age. Men don’t lose testosterone until later in life, while women begin to lose estrogen midlife. She points out that many of the symptoms of menopause start in the brain because of the neuroendocrine system, which is how the ovaries talk to the brain and vice versa. She also covers hot flashes, sleep disruption, mood swings, and more. She does not just speak to the issues of menopause—she also covers how we can use food as medicine, reduce stress, and take other actions to help our brain through these natural hormonal changes with less strife.

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