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Gaydar exists, science says

By May 28, 2010

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A sniff, a glance, or just a hunch—some of our gaydars are more fine tuned than others, but we always know when there's another "us" in the room. Call it intuition, but a new study says it's a matter of perception.

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.

Has The Gaydar Mystery Been Solved?
May 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm
(1) Benjamin says:

The research doesn’t actually say anything about gaydar, does it?

May 29, 2010 at 8:56 pm
(2) gaylife says:

Yes, it’s one of a few studies conducted in recent years seeking to explain gay men’s perceived ability to recognize other gay men, ie. gaydar.

May 31, 2010 at 4:03 pm
(3) Dan says:

While any evidence I can offer is purely anecdotal, I am very, very rarely wrong when I pick out a guy in a crowded room as gay. Nor could I articulate just what it is in the guy which makes me nail him as gay. And I must emit something, myself, when in that same crowded room, because I am inevitably pinpointed as gay by other gay men in the room.

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