NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – Can you judge someone’s sexual orientation just by looking at their face? According to a new scientific study, both men and women may have this inherent “gaydar” ability.
The research, published in the May 16 issue of PLoS One, showed that both men and women correctly judged a person’s sexual orientation by simply looking at the person’s picture more frequently than they would by chance. Participants were able to pick a woman’s sexual orientation in over two-thirds of the cases, the study showed.
“[Determining sexual orientation] may be similar to how we don’t have to think about whether someone is a man or a woman or black or white,” said lead author Joshua Tabak, a psychology graduate student at the University of Washington, told ScienceDaily. “This information confronts us in everyday life.”
The researchers hoped that this study could help shed light on how sexual orientation, as a societal construct, is conceptualized.
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