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Dissecting "gaydar": Accuracy and the role of masculinity-femininity

Rieger, G and Linsenmeier, JAW and Gygax, L and Garcia, S and Bailey, JM (2010) 'Dissecting "gaydar": Accuracy and the role of masculinity-femininity.' Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39 (1). 124 - 140. ISSN 0004-0002

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Abstract

"Gaydar" is the ability to distinguish homosexual and heterosexual people using indirect cues. We investigated the accuracy of gaydar and the nature of "gaydar signals" conveying information about sexual orientation. Homosexual people tend to be more sex atypical than heterosexual people in some behaviors, feelings, and interests. We hypothesized that indicators of sex atypicality might function as gaydar signals. In Study 1, raters judged targets' sexual orientation from pictures, brief videos, and sound recordings. Sexual orientation was assessed with high, though imperfect, accuracy. In Study 2, different raters judged targets' sex atypicality from the same stimuli. Ratings of sexual orientation from Study 1 corresponded highly with targets' self-reports of sex atypicality and with observer ratings of sex atypicality from Study 2. Thus, brief samples of sex-atypical behavior may function as effective gaydar signals. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2013 13:07
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:22
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8235

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