Is This Song On Your iPod? If So, It Could Mean You’re A Psychopath.


They say that our taste in music can reveal a lot about our personalities, but could it also indicate a mental disorder?

According to researchers at New York University, there’s a good chance it could. Looking to find a way to identify psychopaths, they used song preference as a possible indicator, believing it could help predict the disorder that affects about one percent of the general population and about one in five prison inmates.

It’s long been assumed that psychopaths prefer listening to classical music like the fictional cannibal, Hannibal Lecter.

Or, in Patrick Bateman’s case, Phil Collins, Huey Lewis and the News, and even Whitney Houston. However, research from Channel 4 in the U.K. has shown that people who score high on psychopath tests prefer rap and heavy metal the most.

In part, New York University’s study backed that up. Studying 200 people and 260 songs, the researchers found that those who scored higher on psychopath tests were more likely to be fans of “No Diggity”…

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“The beauty of this idea is you can use it as a screening test without consent, cooperation or maybe even the knowledge of the people involved,” Pascal Wallisch, the lead researcher, told The Guardian

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