That Rigorous, Scientific ‘Ex-Gay’ Research

That Rigorous, Scientific ‘Ex-Gay’ Research June 7, 2013

I posted the other day about Jerry Mungadze, the therapist who claims to be able to change the brains of gay patients to straight brains. So he took brainscans and compared them before and after, right? Nope. As Warren Throckmorton notes, he has his patients use a coloring book. Yes, I’m serious. Here’s a video of Mungadze explaining how he does this:


Throckmorton, who is a psychologist himself, finds this pretty laughable:

Note that patients color in a map of the brain and Mungadze reads the map like a projective test. Apparently, pink relates to femininity, red to anger/aggression, and so on. He says he can tell gay people apart from straights; and when they revert to heterosexuality, he can tell by how they color between the lines.

Who needs brain scans when you have crayons?…

As for the theory of the brain revealing itself via colors chosen by patients, I know of nothing to support it. Projective tests in general are not reliable and this one in particular looks like a method invented by Mungadze without reference to research or validation.

If he really believes that he can change the brains of his patients, do a real test. Have brain scans done before and after therapy. If it really works, he will be proven right. You know why he won’t do that? Because he knows he’s full of shit.

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • Mr Ed

    Seems simple enough hypothesis to check. Give Mungadze a stack of drawing and see if he can accurately determine orientation. As a control throw darts at the drawings and declare any drawing hit to be gay. I wonder which method will be more accurate.

  • Taz

    Some fundamentalist asshole is going to look at his kid’s coloring book and decide the kid needs “anti-gay therapy”.

  • raven

    Cargo cult psychology to go with their cargo cult science.

  • DrewN

    In most cartoons and non-scientific drawings of the brain that I’ve seen, it tends to be pink or pinkish. If someone gave me a picture of a brain to colour in, I’m pretty sure I’d use pink.

    Maybe he thinks that only ladybrains are frilly & pink. Manlymen brains are blue, or plaid or maybe black & chrome with flames.

  • He says he can tell gay people apart from straights; and when they revert to heterosexuality, he can tell by how they color between the lines.

    Well, yeah, tell a boy pink is a “girl’s color,” and he’ll immediately stop using pink crayons forever. That has absolutely bugger-all (pardon the pun) to do with whether the boy is gay or straight.

  • “Have brain scans done before and after therapy.”

    Now you’re just being ridiculous. Everybody knows you can’t scan gay brains, because of all the glitter.

  • John Pieret

    Clever way to keep down the cost of his “research.” Once his “patients” are done with them, Mungadze can use the crayons to write up his “results.”

  • markr1957

    How can you be sure he’s not just full of brown crayons?

  • dingojack

    This guy really isn’t the sharpest crayon in the box, is he?


  • Skip White

    We had a coloring book of the parts of the brain in my Psychopharmacology course in college. Except that instead of interpreting the students’ sexuality by the colors we used, the professor gave some easy extra credit to those who also completed the quizzes in the book (and, I presume, colored within the lines).

  • baal

    Next time my boss ask for a report I’m going to hand him my interpretation of my kids coloring books. I’m hoping that day is april 1 or I may no longer be employed.

  • timberwoof

    I channeled Jerry Mungadze’s brain (by thinking really hard about it) and then colored in a chart of a human brain. It came out all santorum-colored. This conclusively proves, to the same standard of scientific rigor as Jerry Mungadze used, that his brain is full of shit and Elbow Grease.