- I think it was the man that conducted the study that was on the Jane
Pauly show yesterday. I saw part of it before leaving for work. From the lok
on Jane Pauly's face, even she was impressed.
Now, if we can get this message across to everyone else.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dallas Vinson" <dallaswv35077@...>
To: <stacey.brunner@...>; <susan.beck@...>;
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 5:16 PM
Subject: [gaykingdom] FW: [themagicinyourtouch] Gay Men Respond Differently
> Got this from one of the groups I'm on and wanted to pass it on over to
> -----Original Message-----
> Gay Men Respond Differently to Pheromones May 10, 2005
> WASHINGTON (AP) -- The sexual area of a gay man's brain works a lot like
> that of a woman when exposed to a particular stimulus, researchers say.
> In an experiment, men and heterosexual women sniffed a chemical from the
> male hormone testosterone. The homosexual men's brains responded
> from those of heterosexual males, and in a similar way to the women's
> "It is one more piece of evidence ... that is showing that sexual
> orientation is not all learned," said Sandra Witelson, an expert on brain
> anatomy and sexual orientation at the Michael G. DeGroote School of
> at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.
> Witelson, who was not part of the research team, said the findings clearly
> show a biological involvement in sexual orientation.
> The study, published in Tuesday's issue of Proceedings of the National
> Academy of Sciences, was done by researchers at the Karolinska Institute
> Stockholm, Sweden.
> They exposed heterosexual men and women and homosexual men to chemicals
> derived from male and female sex hormones. These chemicals are thought to
> -- molecules known to trigger responses such as defense and sex in many
> Whether humans respond to pheromones has been debated, although in 2000
> American researchers reported finding a gene that they believe directs a
> human pheromone receptor in the nose.
> The brains of different groups responded similarly to ordinary odors such
> lavender, but differed in their response to the chemicals thought to be
> pheromones, lead researcher Ivanka Savic said.
> The Swedish researchers divided 36 subjects into three groups --
> heterosexual men, heterosexual women and homosexual men. They studied the
> brain response to sniffing the chemicals, using PET scans. All the
> were healthy, unmedicated, right-handed and HIV-negative.
> When they sniffed scents like cedar or lavender, all of the subjects'
> reacted only in the olfactory region that handles smells.
> But when confronted by a chemical from testosterone, the male hormone,
> portions of the brains active in sexual activity were activated in
> women and in gay men, but not in straight men, the researchers found.
> The response in gay men and straight women was concentrated in the
> hypothalamus with a maximum in the preoptic area that is active in
> and sensory responses necessary for sexual behavior, the researchers said.
> When the female hormone estrogen was used, there was only a response in
> olfactory portion of the brains of straight women. Homosexual men had
> primary response also in the olfactory area, with a very small reaction in
> the hypothalamus, while heterosexual men responded strongly in the
> reproductive region of the brain.
> Savic said the group is also doing a study involving homosexual women, but
> those results are not yet complete.
> In a separate study looking at response to body odors, researchers in
> Philadelphia found sharp differences between gay and straight men and
> "Our findings support the contention that gender preference has a
> component that is reflected in both the production of different body odors
> and in the perception of and response to body odors," said neuroscientist
> Charles Wysocki, who led the study.
> It's hard to see how a simple choice to be gay or lesbian would influence
> the production of body odor, he said.
> Wysocki's team at the Monell Chemical Senses Center studied the response
> 82 heterosexual and homosexual men and heterosexual and homosexual women
> the odors of underarm sweat collected from 24 donors of varied gender and
> sexual orientation.
> They found that gay men differed from heterosexual men and women and from
> lesbian women, both in terms of which body odors gay men preferred and how
> their own body odors were regarded by the other groups.
> Gay men preferred odors from gay men, while odors from gay men were the
> least preferred by heterosexual men and women and by lesbian women in the
> study. Their findings, released Monday, are to be published in the journal
> Psychological Science in September.
> The Swedish research was funded by the Swedish Medical Research Council,
> Karolinska Institute and the Magnus Bergvall Foundation. Wysocki's
> was supported by the Monell Center.
> Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
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- I don't know how many of you remember or are familiar with the Palace Chat
system (www.thepalace.com), but I have set up a Palace server
(palace://rfglk.dyndns.org), and as soon as we get the new pictures that is
taking on the Island, I will use them to create more rooms. I will also
allow people to set up their own private (or public) rooms.
The Palace is a graphical chat service that is very neat. I encourage folks
to check it out.
-Dallas Vinson, MP
-Member: GLK Wire Service (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/glkwire)
GLK Media Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/glkmedia)
-Owner: Radio Free GLK (http://rfglk.dyndns.org/rfglk)