A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has backed up previous research that confirmed women talk almost three times more than men. Now we know why.
According to the researchers, women’s brains contain higher levels of a language protein called FOXP2 that contributes to why 20,000 words are spoken daily by the average woman, compared with only 7,000 words daily by the average man.
Mike Bowers, who led the study’s team of researchers explained that the FOXP2 protein is involved in vocalization, and with women having higher amounts of the protein, it would explain why they talk more.
“We can’t say that this is the end-all-be-all reasoning, but it is one of the first avenues with which we can start to explore why women tend to be more verbal than men.”
In the study (published in the Journal of Neuroscience) 4 to 5-year olds of both genders were examined by researchers. The girls were found to have 30 percent more FOXP2 than the boys.
While this doesn’t mean every woman is a chatty Cathy, experts do say women tend to speak more quickly and devote more brain power to language than men.
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