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New Study Gives Scientific Explanation For Why Women Talk More Than Men

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- A recent scientific finding is getting plenty of people talking. There appears to be an explanation to why women talk more than men.

In the battle of the sexes, when it comes to who talks more, there's one clear winner. Any hairdresser can tell you the answer is women, but now there's scientific proof to back it up, CBS 2's Carolyn Gusoff reported Friday.

Women do talk more than men -- a lot more.

According to a new study by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the average woman speaks about 20,000 words a day. The average man, meanwhile, speaks a mere 7,000 words.

New Study Gives Scientific Explanation For Why Women Talk More Than Men

The study credits about 30 percent more of a so-called "language protein" in the brains of women.

The owners of Ambiance Salon In East Hills didn't need a study to tell them that.

"That's just the nature of the beast -- women love to talk," Nick Varrino said.

Women that talked to CBS 2 said they're just better communicators and have more to say.

"I think we can talk longer than men. I think we can have longer conversations than men," one woman said.

Men have a different take on the talk debate.

"They have more opinions and they're more opinionated. I just sit and listen. I don't talk back," one man said.

It's no joke.

Hofstra University marriage therapist Teresa Grella-Hillebrand said chatty spouses are often the source of marital strife. A scientific explanation could help men better understand women.

"To understand that this may be a little big of nature entering into a relationship and we want to be respectful of our differences," Grella-Hillebrand said.

The study was published in the Journal of Neuroscience and has scientists talking about what else in the gender gap can be explained by science.

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