Sexual Orientation and Sense of Direction

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    Sep 28, 2011 2:33 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    what do you think of the theory that says that homosexuals have a worse sense of directions when it comes to maps, roads, places, etc... than their straight counterparts?

    I read once (and a friend repeated it yesterday) that there is a part of the brain that is responsible for the visual memory and for spacial mapping in general that is smaller / missing in gay men's brains.

    Do you consider yourself good in giving / following directions / maps, etc...?


    EDIT: Link added to the Scientific American
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=never-ask-a-gay-man-for-directions
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    Sep 28, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    Sounds like false information to me if you can't find the source in the form of a scientific experiment.

    And with all the artistic gays that are fashion designers, architects, interior decorating designers, etc., it seems unlikely that gays are much less capable of constructing visual representations in their heads as opposed to their straight counterparts.

    As for visual memory and spacial mapping "missing" that's impossible. No seriously, that's impossible for all gays to have that missing. If this were true you would not recognize anything ever. As for spacial mapping and orientation, this is a large part of an entire hemisphere of your cerebral cortex (usually on the right side, but sometimes on the left side). If it were significantly smaller in gays then I would surmise seeing a lot of lopsided fag heads.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    Find the source.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    That would definitely fit for me - I have a terrible sense of direction. It takes me several times to learn a new route, though I am good at map reading.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    I have a BA in Geography and grew up hiking in the woods of Idaho. My sense of direction is fine and I'm gay as the day is long.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    Thats what GPS is for.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    I think that's bull...I have an awesome internal GPS (it even came with an awesome internal clock!)
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    samurai111 saidHey guys,

    what do you think of the theory that says that homosexuals have a worse sense of directions when it comes to maps, roads, places, etc... than their straight counterparts?

    I read once (and a friend repeated it yesterday) that there is a part of the brain that is responsible for the visual memory and for spacial mapping in general that is smaller / missing in gay men's brains.

    Do you consider yourself good in giving / following directions / maps, etc...?


    What?? I have an excellent sense of direction.

    **fail**

    I am the go-to guy of directions in a new town.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    false. i'm terrific with directions and spacial mapping. terrible with getting anywhere on time though haha but that's an Indian thing more than a gay thing.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    Absolutely not. I basically have a built in map in my brain and my sense of direction is great. I always know where north, south, east, and west are and I'm always the one navigating when I'm with my friends. I think liking geography/travel has made me good at directions though. I often spend time on google maps just looking at places.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    Another vote for 'false'.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    I will ask this of several gay pilots I know and see if what they say.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    I also heard that homosexuals are the worst drivers and I find that to be false also.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    samurai111 said

    I read once (and a friend repeated it yesterday) that there is a part of the brain that is responsible for the visual memory and for spacial mapping in general that is smaller / missing in gay men's brains.


    What a load of horseshit haha. I have an almost photographic memory and am very good at map reading and have great instincts when it comes to directions. I also have a friend who believes homosexuals are more evolved than straights and have superior intellect... it just goes to show you that people make up stupid shit.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    Maybe this assumption is made because gay men aren't hung up on the old male stereotypes and can actually ask for directions? icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:21 PM GMT
    Those are two different things. I think to each his own. But who cares if you have a poor sense of direction get GPS.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    I`m a good driver and pretty good with maps,directions,and rarely ever get lost,etc.,so not true in my experience.
  • SwimBIkeRun94...

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    Sep 28, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    I can find a nice, tight bubble butt to plow without any challenges whatsoever.

    False.

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    Sep 28, 2011 4:41 PM GMT
    Ravco saidMaybe this assumption is made because gay men aren't hung up on the old male stereotypes and can actually ask for directions? icon_smile.gif


    Hey, now, that's pushing it. icon_wink.gif

    But seriously, Ravco has a great internal compass, and I have a great sense of spacial cognition and mapping. Maybe it's because I'm left-handed.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    I fall into this category, for sure!

    However, I seriously doubt that there has been enough research to prove any type of direct relationship. The layout and responsibilities of each region of the cerebral cortex are only marginally understood and therefore I doubt anyone would have spent the funds to research such a useless relationship when there are meaningful relationships that are not yet understood.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    im on the road 10 hours a day. I never get lost.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    This is true for me
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:55 PM GMT
    Bollocks! I give great directions, rarely get lost, and often find that people will stop me to ask for directions, even in cities in which I clearly don't live. Best part, I will often know how to get them where they're going.

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    Sep 28, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    BS, i have a great sense of direction...
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    http://books.google.com/books?id=HmQFFfa03nkC&pg=PA107&lpg=PA107&dq=sexual+orientation+and+visuospatial+skills&source=bl&ots=IBM5gwSSnH&sig=eemGXMdHwe98OE9zgIlTP9ZFd5U&hl=en&ei=wVGDTuTFGubC0AHDtbl7&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=sexual%20orientation%20and%20visuospatial%20skills&f=false

    Yes, you are right it has been demonstrated in a few studies that gay men have a poorer ability to mentally rotate objects in their mind than their straight counterparts.

    Ugh, It's based on research that tries to find a feminine origin of homosexuality.

    Personally, I am terrible at sports or any kind of motor skill, so I would justify this research but there are plenty of gay men who are great a sports and have great motor skills so I take this with a grain of salt.