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Fri 28 May, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

This perceptual skill allows homosexuals to recognise other gay people faster and we think it's because they are much more analytic than heterosexuals

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Study says "Gaydar really does exist"

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A recent survey by Dutch researchers has found that there is such a thing as a ‘gaydar', as the homosexual community prove to be more analytical when observing a picture or situation.

Scientist's carried out a number of studies, to find that gay people really were more capable to spot a gay person from a crowd by signaling out certain details about the potential matches. The key fact was noticing the attention to detail.

They tested an array of people to see if they focused their attention differently when faced with a potential problem, and see if this would translate into a "gaydar", the ability to tell someone's sexuality without being informed.

A group of 42 men and women, both gay and straight, were asked a number of questions to discover how much each notices about details.

According to the study entitled Frontiers in Cognition, homosexuals from the group took longer but got more answers correct when compared to the answers from the straight people. Although they took longer, their percentage of correct answers was higher than that of the straight contingency.

It showed that the gay community was much more in-tune to notice the finer details within the picture.

The scientists argue that this result could translate into gay people being more capable to pick apart someone’s sexuality and correctly predict that persons orientation.

According to the Daily Mail, Researcher Dr Lorenza Colzato, of Leiden University in the Netherlands, said: 'This is the first time that scientific proof has been found for the existence of a gaydar mechanism amongst homosexuals.

‘This perceptual skill allows homosexuals to recognise other gay people faster and we think it's because they are much more analytic than heterosexuals.'

'This fits with the strong emphasis on social solidarity in both Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism.'


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