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Why Women Talk More Than Men: Language Protein Uncovered
Science World ^ | Feb 20, 2013 09:14 AM EST | Catherine Griffin

Posted on 02/21/2013 3:45:13 PM PST by null and void

There's a biological explanation for the reason why women talk more than men. Scientists have discovered a protein that's found in higher concentrations in the brains of women.

You know all the times that men complain about women talking too much? Apparently there's a biological explanation for the reason why women are chattier than men. Scientists have discovered that women possess higher levels of a "language protein" in their brains, which could explain why females are so talkative.

Previous research has shown that women talk almost three times as much as men. In fact, an average woman notches up 20,000 words in a day, which is about 13,000 more than the average man. In addition, women generally speak more quickly and devote more brainpower to speaking. Yet before now, researchers haven't been able to biologically explain why this is the case.

Now, they can. New findings conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and published in The Journal of Neuroscience show that a certain protein may be the culprit.

In 2001, a gene called FOXP2 appeared to be essential for the production of speech. In order to test this protein, the team, led by J. Michael Bowers and Margaret McCarthy, looked at young rat pups. These animals emit cries in the ultrasonic range when separated from their mothers. The team recorded the cries over five minutes in groups of 4-day-old male and female rats that had been separated from their mothers. They found that male pups had up to twice as much of the protein FOXP2  in regions of the brain known to be involved in vocalization--perhaps an unsurprising finding since researchers noted that males made twice as many cries as females.

Next, the researchers wanted to test their findings in humans. They conducted a small study on human children aged four to five years who had died in accidents less than 24 hours previously. They then analyzed the amount of FOXP2 protein in the brains of these children. In the end, the researchers found 30 percent more FOXP2 protein in the brains of the girls.

The research shows that the protein, FOXP2, is a key molecule for communication in mammals. In fact, it could allow researchers to better understand other species that may or may not possess the protein, such as Neanderthals. With this new biological link, scientists could potentially trace back the evolutionary origin of speech.


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You talk about people that you don't even know,
You talk about places that you never go,
You just talk, talk, talk...
1 posted on 02/21/2013 3:45:17 PM PST by null and void
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does anyone know how to remove / limit the protein?


2 posted on 02/21/2013 3:46:28 PM PST by GotMojo
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To: null and void

or maybe women are just bigmouths to begin with.

sheesh :-)


3 posted on 02/21/2013 3:48:17 PM PST by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: null and void

test post only.


4 posted on 02/21/2013 3:48:51 PM PST by gaijin
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I haven’t spoken to my wife in over three months.

We’re not fighting, I just don’t like to interrupt.


5 posted on 02/21/2013 3:50:13 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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The (male) lecturer on my “Communication Skills” recordings says it’s not true that women talk more than men. He said that this is presented as a truism, often with statistics, but the stats are simply made up. He referenced ONE study that actually recorded a variety of men and women over a period of time. The difference between the sexes was insignificant, and both the study subject who spoke the least and the one who spoke the most were men.

Therefore, any study that starts with the premise that women talk more than men is simply bosh.


6 posted on 02/21/2013 3:50:45 PM PST by Tax-chick (Whatever happens, I'll get through it. Or die trying.)
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We talk about your work how your boss is a jerk
We talk about your church and your head when it hurts
We talk about the troubles you've been having with your brother...
7 posted on 02/21/2013 3:51:27 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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Hm, I wonder if there would be any impact in language-learning if you were to take supplements of this protein.


8 posted on 02/21/2013 3:53:26 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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Since I value my head continuing in its present location (no, it’s not up you-know-where!) I will refrain from mentioning this study to my wife.

“The only way to fight a woman is with your hat. Grab it and run!”

;^)


9 posted on 02/21/2013 3:53:26 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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Known since the dawn of time. Female dogs, bitches, bark more as well.


10 posted on 02/21/2013 3:55:45 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2B3gPY5LRg


11 posted on 02/21/2013 3:57:43 PM PST by Paladin2
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A husband, trying to convice his wife that women talk too much, tells his wife that he’d recently heard that women use twice as many words as men each day.

His wife pondered his comments for a moment, and then concluded, “That’s because women have to repeat everything they say to their husbands.”

The husband looked up and asked, “Come again?”


12 posted on 02/21/2013 3:57:57 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw4pnQNbBxE


13 posted on 02/21/2013 3:59:11 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Tax-chick

you’re post had way too many words.....


14 posted on 02/21/2013 3:59:51 PM PST by GotMojo
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To: elcid1970

“I wonder if there would be any impact in language-learning if you were to take supplements of this protein.”

Oblahblah has a surplus of this protein in his girly-man brain.


15 posted on 02/21/2013 4:01:37 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SteveH

Parrots...


16 posted on 02/21/2013 4:07:09 PM PST by Average Al
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To: Tax-chick

Okay.


17 posted on 02/21/2013 4:12:39 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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This study is wrong.
All the male specimens in my area just love love love to talk talk talk. And they love to talk about themselves. They love to hear themselves talk. In a conversation (if you can call it that) I’d be lucky if I could speak a dozen words. I often take on the role of the wife in Fawlty Towers who says “I know, I know” when she’s on the phone.

One dude complains that his girl friend talks too much. I wonder when does she ever get a chance to speak! He’s always yakking.


18 posted on 02/21/2013 4:17:58 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: null and void

Women interact with the world vocally.

Men with their hands.


19 posted on 02/21/2013 4:20:59 PM PST by glasseye
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A Japanese company has developed an SLR camera whose shutter speed is SO fast that it can actually take a photograph of a woman with her mouth closed! :-)


20 posted on 02/21/2013 4:22:19 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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Somebody needs to get to work on a vaccination against this scourge that has plagued mankind since the dawn of time.


21 posted on 02/21/2013 4:22:35 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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DoesthatincludetypingImeanthatgoingonandonandon?

Read where Jack Benny said he never had an argument with his wife that would have led to divorce - murder yes - but not divorce.

GuessI'llgoaheadandleavenowbeforeIgivesomeguysaheadache.

22 posted on 02/21/2013 4:26:40 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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During sex my wife always wants to talk to me. Just the other night she called me from a hotel.


23 posted on 02/21/2013 4:29:32 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

You’re on the newbie ZOT list if you continue this way....;-)


24 posted on 02/21/2013 4:43:13 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: GotMojo

Yes, but if you limit the protein, who knows what else may fill in the void? Homeostasis and all that....


25 posted on 02/21/2013 4:47:25 PM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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If they counted grunts, nods, and pointing gestures as words, men might catch up to women on word count.


26 posted on 02/21/2013 4:55:11 PM PST by toast
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To: gaijin

Oh no, a pop quiz and I didn’t study.


27 posted on 02/21/2013 5:05:41 PM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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Most don’t know to speak only when they can improve on the silence.


28 posted on 02/21/2013 5:24:09 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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One caveman talking to another caveman, points to his female companion and says, “I thought I’d teach her to talk. What harm can it do?”


29 posted on 02/21/2013 5:29:26 PM PST by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

“....an SLR camera whose shutter speed is SO fast that...”

Dude, do you realize how old that joke must be? I still have my Pentax SLR which I bought in Vietnam in 1971, with a 1/1000th shutter!

If the term SLR applies to current digicams, then the joke’s on me. I use 35mm film to this day.


30 posted on 02/21/2013 5:31:41 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Rocky
"What harm can it do?"

NEVER underestimate commen sense.

31 posted on 02/21/2013 5:37:12 PM PST by Paladin2
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common

FR is STILL SLOW!.

32 posted on 02/21/2013 5:40:17 PM PST by Paladin2
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I wanted to have sex with my wife last night but she wouldn’t stop talking. She kept saying “NO!”


33 posted on 02/21/2013 5:47:25 PM PST by Nachoman (Wisdom is learned, cynicism is earned.)
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Talking is like sex: one gender needs a reason, one gender just needs a place.


34 posted on 02/22/2013 2:33:44 AM PST by NurdlyPeon (New tag line in progress.)
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