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  1. I think if i told some straight people i was more analytic than them they may misunderstand ;]

  2. Pumpkin Pie 1 Jun 2010, 2:20pm

    Wow. That’s actually a really interesting study. I was expecting to come in here and find a study proving the obvious, but that experiment was really rather interesting. I don’t know if this really proves anything to do with gaydar – I always figured that was because gay people’s brains knew what to look for, in the same way that it’s easier to tell apart faces from ethnicities you spend a lot of time with – but, that straight/gay analysis difference is something I’ve never heard of before. Psychologists have been basing these sorts of studies on gender for decades. It makes a nice change to focus on sexuality, and also to actually find a difference there.

    I have to say, though, that 42 is a pretty small sample size for such a study. I’m not one of those people who always whinges that every sample size is too small, because you can’t possibly capture the full majesty of human uniqueness – I know people are far more similar than most will admit. But, 42 is pretty small for such a simple study. Either way, it’s a start. It is at least enough of a foot in the door to open the way for further studies to see if this conclusion really is valid or not.

  3. I don’t see what the ability to perceive rectangles has to do with gaydar – but it is an interesting study. More research needed, as they say.

  4. Well if there is a gaydar, mine’s faulty.

  5. “This is the first time that scientific proof has been found for the existence of a gaydar mechanism amongst homosexuals”

    No. 42 people is an absurdly small test sample. This is proof of nothing. Aside from that its potentially an interesting study. If they came to a similar conclusion with a proper test sample, I’d be surprised though.

  6. And this is a surpeise to who exactly?

  7. surprise…obviously

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