Gaydar,” that innate ability gay people supposedly have to zero in on other gays even in a crowd, may really exist.
When Dutch scientists examined how heterosexual and homosexual people focus their attention, they discovered gays are much more detail-oriented.
For the research, 42 gay and straight volunteers were presented with photos of outlines of large squares and rectangles. Each shape was packed with smaller shapes. Generally, 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. 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.
This suggests they are able to hone in on even very small details as well as the bigger picture, according to the research, which appeared in the journal Frontiers in Cognition. In gays’ daily routine, researchers believe, this close attention to detail could help them to detect others’ sexual preferences.
“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.”
People who are naturally more perceptive and detail-oriented may have a greater chance of picking up on subtle clues in other people that they may be homosexual, which makes it easier for them to search out gay friends and sexual partners, the study found.
BY Rosemary Black
NY DAILY NEWS – STAFF WRITER
May 28th 2010