AUSTRALIA: If you are a fan of Eminem’s music, then we might have some bad news for you.
A new study compared volunteers’ tastes in music with their scores on a personality test to see if there was any correlation between music preference and psychopathic traits.
The researchers played 260 songs for 200 people and found that those with the highest psychopathic scores were big fans of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ and Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’, according to News.com.au
The participants who were fans of The Knack’s ‘My Sharona’ and Sia’s ‘Titanium’ had the lowest psychopathic scores.
The study is attempting to find a way to easily identify psychopaths without them knowing, which researchers say could help make sure they don’t get to a position where they can abuse others, whether physically or emotionally.
Approximately one percent of the general population fits the description of a psychopath and about one in five prisoners are identified as having the psychological disorder.
The participants were all young and educated but came from different ethnic and economic groups. Researchers had them take the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale, a widely accepted personality test developed in 1995 designed to identify psychopathy.
Study’s lead author, Pascal Wallisch, stressed that the study was preliminary but hopes the initial findings will serve as a launch pad for a much larger study, where they can interview thousands of diagnosed psychopaths about their taste in music.
He added that they actually found other songs that were more predictive of a psychopath, but won’t reveal them in order not to compromise future research.