"There's Something Queer About That Face." According to this Scientific American article, people are often better at detecting whether someone is gay or straight than they assume they will be. The researchers controlled for extraneous variables as well as they could, by picking photos of men with no jewellery or glasses, Photoshopping off their hair, and putting the pics on a blank white background. The study participants were still able to tell the difference between the straight-identified and gay-identified men at a rate significantly greater than chance, and at a higher rate than most of them thought they would be able to. The researchers have not been able to find how this works. I don't know what people here would think of the experiment, or if anyone's brought it up before, but I thought it was interesting. Wonder if they'll do similar experiments seeing if people can tell lesbians and straight women apart.
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Well, this is rather interesting, making me wonder on what psychological mechanism results are based, could be some kind of unperceived identifying stereotype? (maybe face expressions). So, gaydar is not only for gays
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