We should probably have a palate cleanser from the political today. On that note, there’s some recent buzz in the media about a recent study that claims to be able to identify psychopaths by their taste in music.
From the article:
In a study of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, those with the highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of the Blackstreet number one hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself rated highly too.
The New York University team behind the work stress that the results are preliminary and unpublished, but the scientists are sufficiently intrigued to launch a major study in which thousands of people across the psychopathy spectrum will be quizzed on their musical tastes.
Tests on a second group of volunteers suggest the songs could help to predict the disorder. Whatever their other personality traits might be, fans of The Knack’s My Sharona and Sia’s Titanium were among the least psychopathic, the study found.
The researchers have a serious goal in mind: if psychopaths have distinct and robust preferences for songs, their playlists could be used to identify them.
Hmmm. I really like “No Diggity” but I couldn’t get past 15 seconds of M&M’s “Lose Yourself”. I found several threads on Quora where actual psychopaths responded to questions about what music they prefer. The sample is much smaller than the study but the results on Quora were more mixed than just preferring rap cited in the article. I’m thinking this bears further investigation before coming to a conclusion. Here’s a list of some of the likes~
100 Ways to hate
Five Finger Death Punch
Oddly enough, Mozart Beethoven, and Chopin got multiple mentions in the Classics.
Here’s one of the songs in addition to No Diggity that I liked.