"So even though on the average we're finding a slight trend toward men being more talkative than women, we found larger differences when you looked at particular situations," Leaper said.During decision-making tasks, men were more talkative than women, the studies showed, but when talking about themselves or working with children, women were more talkative than men.The book - written by a female psychiatrist - says that inherent differences between the male and female brain explain why women are naturally more talkative than men.In The Female Mind, Dr Luan Brizendine says women devote more brain cells to talking than men. Woman are often attracted to dominant men because they are leaders. A dominant man is calm and collected, a gentleman, confident, but respectful as well.A recent study in the journal that recorded conversations of university students supports Leaper's idea, finding that on average, men and women used about the same number of words per day.(Leaper said that studies that used this measure of talkativeness tended to find less difference between men and women than studies that looked at how much time people spent talking.
Dr Brizendine, a self-proclaimed feminist, says the differences can be traced back to the womb, where the sex hormone testosterone moulds the developing male brain.The studies Leaper examined looked at talkativeness and different types of speech under a range of social situations and comparing mixed-gender and same-gender conversations.One clear point that emerged from all the studies was that the type of activity people were engaged in influenced how much they talked.The areas responsible for communication, emotion and memory are all pared back the unborn baby boy.