Study: Language protein in women's brains causes them to talk more


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- When it comes to men and women who do you think has more to say?

It could depend on who you ask but most might say women out talk men.

But as WHAS11's Claudia Coffey found out now there's scientific research to back it up.

"We love to gab about, I could gab all day long about things I care about," Tammy Cummings said.

Listen up chatty cathy's…

"I think we like to talk so much because we like to hear ourselves," Laura May said.

If you've ever been told you talk too much.

"I generally say the right things," Amy Golden said.

And others can't get a word in edgewise...

"Were you gonna say something? Uh no," Brian Kelly said.

Now science is on your side. New research reveals that the ladies typically out talk men.

“People tell me I talk way too much and to tone it down," Laura May said.

Tammy Cummings who works at Highland Morning sees it firsthand every day.

"We got a lot on our plate and I think that's why women do retain a lot of information," Cummings said.

A study out of the University of Maryland pin pointed a language protein in women's brains that causes them to talk

And talk as much as three times more than men.

"Speak with our hearts on a lot of things," Cummings said

The men we met, well they didn't have much to say.

"Uh yeah, that’s well I really don't talk that much," Brian Kelly said.

But Tammy Cummings did.

"I'm concerned about this weather; 60 degrees one day and 20 now. Something’s up with that?" Cummings said.

But is this study just a bunch of lip service or is there something to it? Dr. Michael Cunningham a Psychologist in the Department of Communication at U of L says there's been plenty of research on this topic.

"It's a very complicated area and each study provides a little tiny piece of the puzzle but doesn't answer the whole question. I don't think you can draw a complete conclusion," Dr. Michael Cunningham, psychologist and Department of Communication, said.

But when it comes to my research, the women definitely took home the prize, proudly.

"We are the wonderful women of the world. Without us a lot of things would not happen," Tammy Cummings said.