Is Sexual Orientation Hardwired In Our Brain?

Louann Brizendine On How Sexual Preference Is Determined

When it comes to sexual orientation, many people are still asking the question of whether homosexuality is a choice that is made at some point in life, or if there is something hardwired in the brain that definitively determines a person’s sexual preference.

Rich Simon poses this question to Louann Brizendine, a neurobiologist who specializes in studying the differences between the male and female brain.

Louann says that while there are still studies being conducted, it is believed that everyone is born with either a gay or straight brain. She goes on to explain how the developmental stages that occur during puberty will naturally bring out a person’s innate sexual orientation. 

Watch the video on YouTube.

Louann Brizendine is noted for her provocative work on gender and brain development. She’s the author of bestsellers The Female Brain and The Male Brain. This clip is taken from his session in our brain science video course:


Rich Simon

Richard Simon, PhD, founded Psychotherapy Networker and served as the editor for more than 40 years. He received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award. Rich passed away November 2020, and we honor his memory and contributions to the field every day.