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Psychopaths like rap music and Financial Times

Staff Writer | September 27, 2017
Two separate studies have shown that those with psychopathic tendencies are more likely to favour rap music over other genres.
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The first of these was commissioned by Channel 4 and involved gathering data from over three million Britons.

Issues with the veracity of online surveys aside, the results show that psychopaths favour rap music – and read the Financial Times.

The second study was by a team at New York University, who studied the listening habits of 200 people.

Those with the highest psychopath scores were fans of Blackstreet’s No Diggity and Eminem’s Lose Yourself, with My Sharona by The Knack and Titanium by Sia appealing to those who were deemed the least psychopathic.

The NYU team behind the work are yet to publish their findings, stressing that this preliminary research before launching into a major study, but they hope a taste for certain songs could help predict, and police, those with psychopathic traits.

“The media portrays psychopaths as axe murderers and serial killers, but the reality is they are not obvious; they are not like The Joker in Batman. They might be working right next to you, and they blend in.

“They are like psychological dark matter,” said Pascal Wallisch, who lead the NYU research.