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Why Do Women Talk So Much?

Photo by Jodi Cobb.

Because their brains may be built that way. So says a University of Maryland School of Medicine study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, which found that young girls have a greater abundance of a protein that’s associated with language development in mammals. And this might explain why men tend to be less talkative than women.

The Maryland study measured the amount of the Foxp2 protein in the brains of rat pups. Their findings: four-day-old male rats had higher levels of Foxp2 and were more vocal than females.

In a subsequent investigation, the researchers found that young girls also have higher levels of Foxp2, sometimes knows as the “language gene,” than equally aged boys.

“This study is one of the first to report a sex difference in the expression of a language-associated protein in humans or animals,” said Margaret McCarthy, PhD, one of the study’s authors. “The findings raise the possibility that sex differences in brain and behavior are more pervasive and established earlier than previously appreciated.”

As might be expected, reactions are mixed. Some observers think the study is “very exciting“; others are a bit more skeptical.

  • Ashley

    Hmm, so there IS a scientific explanation for this! Interesting. Although, I’m a girl seeking answers to why women can’t seem to shut their mouths. I work with women who never stop yapping, have friends who will just talking endlessly…and can’t help but see this trend much more with women than with men. I prefer hanging out with men because they just chill out and are easier to have conversations with. Women seem to talk AT people instead of to them. I think they all like to hear the sound of their own voices. It’s weird. But am glad I was born without this abundance of ‘talk protein’!

  • Whistles

    Women complain that men don’t listen. When women talk incessantly the human mind shuts it out as a means of self-preservation; to maintain it’s sanity, just as the mind will react towards any incessant NOISE. As the young lady stated, women talk”AT” you. They evidently do like to hear themselves talk because they will talk from another room not even knowing whether anyone is around or not.

  • Whistles

    I’m not going to waste my time commenting on anything any more. You keep saying that I’ve “made that comment” before when actually I’ve not
    submitted anything before!!! YOU’RE NUTS!!!!

  • Bright one

    It appears the the reproductive end of any
    Living organism is always more social and
    Intelligent and a better survivor .
    Always more adaptive and on the evolution
    Scale the females is the molding physical
    Architeck in human evolution

  • Timmy Jose

    The problem is not that they talk so much, but that it’s mostly uninteresting nonsense. Interesting nonsense I can live with, but it’s mostly inane mindless chattering.They remind me of the Douglas Adams story where a race of telepaths were cursed to have their thoughts permeate one another, and the only way to prevent that was to keep chattering non-stop to avoid thinking anything.

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