Sex Roles (2011) 65:442–443 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-9997-1 BOOK REVIEW A New Look at the Causes and Correlates of Sexual Orientation Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why: The Science of Sexual Orientation. By Simon LeVay, New York, Oxford University Press, 2011. 412 pp. $27.95 (hardcover). ISBN: 978-0-19-973767-3 Richard Lippa Published online: 6 May 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 Simon LeVay’s book, Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why, an organized “package” or “suite” of gender-related traits and behaviors. In many (but sometimes inconsistent) ways, offers an excellent review of scientific research on the causes and correlates of sexual orientation. It provides a gay men are “shifted” in feminine directions in their clear and comprehensive summary of recent studies of personality traits, interests, cognitive abilities, and physical sexual orientation—a review that should be useful to lay traits. Similarly, lesbian women are shifted (again, at times people and journalists as well as to professionals in the inconsistently) in masculine directions. LeVay summarizes field. LeVay has a knack for describing complicated a voluminous research literature documenting gay-straight scientific topics—brain anatomy, behavior genetics, endo- differences in visuospatial abilities, memory performance, crinology, cognitive psychology—in straight-forward and handedness, intelligence and cognition, personality traits, easy-to-understand ways. He provides
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