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My Gaydar is Better than Yours!

Are Gaydars Real?  Yes. 

William Lee Adams wrote a thesis as an undergraduate at Harvard on the ability to identify homosexuals. He found that gay men and straight women were more accurate in identifying other homosexuals. In addition,

“Gay men and women not only made more accurate assessments, they were efficient, too: It took about 2 seconds for gays to decide whether a person was straight or not.”

So why do gay men and straight women possess this ability? Perhaps there are biological roots for this. Since gay men will not have their affection towards other men reciprocated by straight men, maybe they have developed cues to distinguish those who are like themselves.  As for why women can tell gay from straight, it’s still a mystery…

Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200510/queer-eyes-blips-the-gaydar
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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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