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Gay Men's Bilateral Brains Better at Remembering Faces: York U Study

Published: June 22, 2010.
By York University

TORONTO, June 22, 2010 – Gay men can recall familiar faces faster and more accurately than their heterosexual counterparts because, like women, they use both sides of their brains, according to a new study by York University researchers.

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York U Neuroscientists Decode Brain Maps to Discover How We Take Aim
TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2014 - Serena Williams won her third consecutive US Open title a few days ago, thanks to reasons including obvious ones like physical strength and endurance. But how much did her brain and its egocentric and allocentric functions help the American tennis star retain the cup?
How Much Gravity Is Enough?
TORONTO, September 3, 2014 – Keeping upright in a low-gravity environment is not easy, and NASA documents abound with examples of astronauts falling on the lunar surface. Now, a new study by an international team of researchers led by York University professors Laurence Harris and Michael Jenkin, published today in PLOS ONE, suggests that the reason for all these moon mishaps might be because its gravity isn't sufficient to provide astronauts with unambiguous information on which way is "up".
Songbird Student Pilots Delay Departure And Make Frequent Stopovers During First Migration
TORONTO, Aug 20, 2014 – Juvenile songbirds on spring migration travel from overwintering sites in the tropics to breeding destinations thousands of kilometres away with no prior experience to guide them. Now, a new study out of York University has tracked these "student pilots" on their first long-haul flight and found significant differences between the timing of juvenile migration and that of experienced adults.
New Study First to Examine Quality of Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs in Canada
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Adults with Autism at Higher Risk of Sexual Victimization: York University Study
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By University of Toronto
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'Gaydar' Revisited
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By University of Washington
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U of T Study Suggests Sexual Orientation Unconsciously Affects Our Impressions of Others
By University of Toronto
Studies by psychologists at the University of Toronto reveal that when it comes to white men, being straight may make you more likable but in the case of black …
Pupil Dilation Reveals Sexual Orientation in New Cornell Study
By Cornell University
ITHACA, N.Y. — There is a popular belief that sexual orientation can be revealed by pupil dilation to attractive people, yet until now there was no scientific evidence. For …
White, Straight Women Leading Surge in Infertility Treatments
By American Psychological Association
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Children in Lesbian Families in the United States Do Not Experience Sexual Or Physical Abuse by Parents
By Universiteit van Amsterdam (UVA)
Teenagers from lesbian families in the United States reported 0% sexual abuse by their parents or guardians. Furthermore, it also appears that - compared to peers with heterosexual parents …
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