Study Confirms Existence of Gaydar; Easier to Detect in Women
A new study from the University of Washington’s graduate psychology department confirms the existence of gaydar, or the ability to correctly assess a person’s homosexuality just by seeing their face for a split second.
For women’s faces, participants were 65 percent accurate in telling the difference between gay and straight faces when the photos flashed on a computer screen. Even when the faces were flipped upside down, participants were 61 percent accurate in telling the two apart.
At 57 percent accuracy, they had a harder time differentiating gay men from straight men. The participants’ accuracy slipped to 53 percent – still statistically above chance – when the men’s faces appeared upside down.
Curiously, the lower accuracy in guessing men’s sexualities was due to over, not under-guessing men’s gayness. Either participants were falsely attributing homosexuality to straight men’s faces, or in Dr. Unicornas Bootyton’s scientific opinion, so-called straight men are often dishonest about their homosexual attractions.
Lead author Joshua Tabak also notes that some folks are just clueless, and possess absolutely zero ability to distinguish a person’s sexuality.
Very, very interesting.
How’s YOUR gaydar?
(via Science Codex)