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Gay Men and Straight Women Have Similar Brains, Study Says

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The brains of gay men resemble those of straight women, according to research published today that provides more evidence of the role of biology in sexual orientation.

Using brain-scanning equipment, researchers said they discovered similarities in the brain circuits that deal with language, perhaps explaining why homosexual men tend to outperform straight men on verbal skills tests—as do heterosexual women.

The area of the brain that processes emotions also looked much the same in gay men and straight women—and both groups have higher rates of depressive disorders than heterosexual men, researchers said.

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