Link Male and female students both talk the talk, study says July 5, 2007 BY RANDOLPH E. SCHMID ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Another stereotype — chatty gals and taciturn guys — bites the dust. Turns out, when you actually count the words, there isn’t much difference between the sexes when it comes to talking. A team led by Matthias R. Mehl, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, came up with the finding, which is published in Friday’s issue of the journal Science. The researchers placed microphones on 396 college students for periods ranging from two to 10 days, sampled their conversations and calculated how many words they used in the course of a day. The score: Women, 16,215. Men, 15,669. The difference: 546 words. “Not statistically significant,” say the researchers. “What’s a 500-word difference, compared with the 45,000-word difference between the most and the least talkative persons” in the study, said Mehl. He said the least talkative person in the study — a male — used just over 500 words a day, while another male topped that by more than 45,000.