Author and researcher, Deborah Tannen has done extensive work in the area of gender relations. More specifically, Dr. Tannen has observed countless conversations between male dyads, female dyads, and male-female dyads. She has published several journal articles relating to gender related conversation, such as the piece titled, Gender Differences in Topical Coherence (1990), where she made interesting conclusions about children’s mode of communication with the same sex at different ages. In this article, Tannen explains the communication patterns between boys and girls of 2nd, 6th, and 10th grades. In the study, she asked two children at a time to begin a discussion about something serious while she observed body language such as posture, level of eye contact, and distance of speakers. Tannen also observed each dyad’s level of topical cohesion in conversation or lack thereof. Through this research, Tannen discovered many interesting nuances of both males and females when conversing. Females at every grade level tended to have bodily alignment, gazed at each other often and looked away only infrequently. Additionally, females quickly launched into conversation. Their topics were few but highly detailed in nature. According to Tannen’s observation, physical alignment and topical conversation were tightly and directly focused. Conversely, boys tended to sit at an angle of each other, gazed at each other infrequently, and tended to look away more often. They chose many different topics of conversation and did not become highly involved in any one subject. When disclosing personal information, it was in an indirect and abstract fashion. Tannen emphasizes that either way of relating to the same sex is not negative, but different. Especially when discussing boys, Tannen feels strongly that the boys’ discourse is not insignificant just because they did not show physical investment in the conversation. Rather, their body language is related more with the way males are socialized and in fact may be a very significant posture when keeping cross-cultural aspects in mind. For instance, in some cultures, keeping a stern and somewhat distant posture is viewed as a sign of respect and conservativeness rather than indifference.