Studies Show Differences Between Heterosexual and Homosexual Brains!

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The brains of gay men and women look like those found in heterosexual people of the opposite sex, research suggests.

The Swedish study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, compared the size of the brain’s halves in 90 adults. Gay men and heterosexual women had halves of a similar size, while the right side was bigger in lesbian women and heterosexual men. A UK scientist said this was evidence sexual orientation was set in the womb.

As far as I’m concerned there is no argument any more – if you are gay, you are born gay – Dr Qazi Rahman

Scientists have noticed for some time that homosexual people of both sexes have differences in certain cognitive abilities, suggesting there may be subtle differences in their brain structure. This is the first time, however, that scientists have used brain scanners to try to look for the source of those differences. A group of 90 healthy gay and heterosexual adults, men and women, were scanned by the Karolinska Institute scientists to measure the volume of both sides, or hemispheres, of their brain.

When these results were collected, it was found that lesbians and heterosexual men shared a particular “asymmetry” in their hemisphere size, while heterosexual women and gay men had no difference between the size of the different halves of their brain. In other words, structurally, at least, the brains of gay men were more like heterosexual women, and gay women more like heterosexual men. A further experiment found that in one particular area of the brain, the amygdala, there were other significant differences.

In heterosexual men and gay women, there were more nerve “connections” in the right side of the amygdala, compared with the left. The reverse, with more neural connections in the left amygdala, was the case in homosexual men and heterosexual women. The Karolinska team said that these differences could not be mainly explained by “learned” effects, but needed another mechanism to set them, either before or after birth.

‘Fight, flight or mate’

Dr Qazi Rahman, a lecturer in cognitive biology at Queen Mary, University of London, said that he believed that these brain differences were laid down early in foetal development.

“As far as I’m concerned there is no argument any more – if you are gay, you are born gay,” he said.

The amygdala, he said, was important because of its role in “orientating”, or directing, the rest of the brain in response to an emotional stimulus – be it during the “fight or flight” response, or the presence of a potential mate. “In other words, the brain network which determines what sexual orientation actually ‘orients’ towards is similar between gay men and straight women, and between gay women and straight men.

“This makes sense given that gay men have a sexual preference which is like that of women in general, that is, preferring men, and vice versa for lesbian women.”

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11 comments

  • What about bisexuals…. Transsexuals ect

  • homosexuality is learned, not in born. I can still remember masturbating by staring at a naked woman’s body.

  • This is truly an amazing study, and something I never would have thought to put together as a health care provider

  • Hopefully I can find out which kind of brain I have so I can know if I’m actually supposed to be straight or not.

  • Interesting to read, i have some questions though. Is it possible right now that a direct cause and effect cannot be determined? And could there be an environmental third variable? (just curious)

  • Seems to be a very biased study. By the doctor’s quote you can tell these are the results he was looking for. And if you are looking for results you will find them if they are real or not. (90 people is also a very small sample size)

  • Not here for this

    Okay, so what about the people whose sexuality changes later in life? Did their brains suddenly change? Since you’re so sure we’re born with our sexuality.

    • I think they were born with the sexuality but it was unknown to the person at the time. Pehaps the brain decieves that person until they are able to understand what ‘love’ between two beings really is. This is not very accurate, I am only 15 and may not understand all points of this.

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