‘Gaydar’ really exists: Gay people ‘more detail-oriented, discerning’

May 29th, 2010 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, May 29 (ANI): A new study has confirmed that gays have an inbuilt radar that helps them seek out like-minded souls.

And this sixth sense, or ‘gaydar’, guarantees that they pay more attention to detail, which in turn allows them to pluck potential partners out of a crowd.

In the study, Dutch scientists presented 42 gay and straight volunteers with photos of outlines of large squares and rectangles. Each shape was packed with smaller shapes.

Normally, the human brain is programmed to take in the larger picture, so when people see a rectangle-filled square, they’re likely to say it is filled with squares.

When the men and women were presented with similar questions about the pictures they had been shown, the straight volunteers answered faster but were less accurate, reports The New York Daily News.

The gay men and women, on the other hand, were slower to answer but were right more of the time, especially when they were asked about the smaller shapes, suggesting that they are able to hone in on even very small details as well as the bigger picture.

The research has been published in the journal Frontiers in Cognition.

“This is the first time that scientific proof has been found for the existence of a gaydar mechanism amongst homosexuals,” researcher Dr. Lorenza Colzato of Leiden University in the Netherlands told the Daily Mail. “This perceptual skill allows homosexuals to recognize other gay people faster and we think it’s because they are much more analytic than heterosexuals.” (ANI)

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