How Fast Can You Judge a Man’s Sexual Orientation?

50 milliseconds

The study tested judgments of an ambiguous social category (male sexual orientation) from faces shown for durations between 33 ms and 10,000 ms. The sexual orientation of faces presented for 50 ms, 100 ms, 6500 ms, 10,000 ms, and at a self-paced rate (averaging 1500 ms), was categorized at above-chance levels with no decrease in accuracy for briefer exposures. 

So not only are Gaydars real, they are incredibly fast!

Source: “Brief exposures: Male sexual orientation is accurately perceived at 50 ms” from Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Volume 44, Issue 4, July 2008, Pages 1100-1105
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