The study by Dutch researcher Dr. Lorenza Colzato of Leiden University suggests that gay men are more detail-oriented and perceptive than our straight brethren, which heightens our ability to cruise, I mean pick up, on the subtle cues of other people.
For the research, forty-two gay and straight volunteers were shown photos of outlines of large squares and rectangles. Those squares were filled with smaller shapes. Usually, when the human brain sees rectangle-filled squares, it focuses on the larger picture and falsely says it's filled with squares.
When shown these shapes, the straight women and gay male volunteers answered slower but were right more often than the straight men. Translation: Gays pay more attention to detail. You don't say! Obviously, the Dutch researchers have never seen HGTV or been to a gay man's Sunday brunch.
According to the paper, published in the journal Frontiers in Cognition, our scrupulous attention helps identify subtle gestures and innuendos. Now, lets hope the guy you just 'dared isn't as square as the pictures in the study.
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