Psychopaths prefer rap music, a new study finds.
Songs like “No Diggity” by Blackstreet and “Lose Yourself” by Eminem were both linked to higher psychopathy scores.
In contrast, pop songs like “My Sharona” by The Knack and “Titanium” by Sia were linked to the lowest levels of psychopathy.
The conclusions come from research in which 200 people were played 260 songs, along with taking tests of psychopathy.
Psychopaths are actually harder to spot than their media portrayal would have you believe.
The researchers hope this type of musical test will help with the identification of psychopaths.
Dr Pascal Wallisch, the study’s first author, thinks it may be possible to root out psychopaths from their playlists.
The team will be conducting a larger study to verify their findings.
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2013) and several ebooks:
- Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion
- The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic
- Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
- Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing What You Do
The study, conducted by researchers at New York University is currently unpublished.