The 10 Most Bizarre And WTF Stories Of 2017

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James Felton 30 Dec 2017, 20:29

1) If You Enjoy The Song "No Diggity" And "Lose Yourself", You Are More Likely To Be A Psychopath

As we enter 2018, you may be tempted to sit back, relax, and put on your favorite record – only to learn that psychopaths are more likely to listen to the rap and heavy metal music you're listening to. 

A stereotype in films is that psychopaths always listen to classical music (e.g. Hannibal Lecter). However, according to online research conducted by Channel 4 in the UK on over 3 million participants, those who score highly on psychopath tests are more likely to favor rap and heavy metal, with the least psychopathic favoring classical music and jazz.  Online surveys, it should be noted, have serious drawbacks however.

In a similar vein, researchers at New York University studied 200 people who listened to 260 songs to determine if there was a psychopath link, The Guardian reports.

They found that people who scored highly on psychopath tests were more likely to highly rate songs like No Diggity by Blackstreet and Lose Yourself by Eminem. People on the least psychopathic end of the spectrum were more likely to be fans of My Sharona by The Knacks and Titanium by Sia. Two songs you should now claim to love with passion.

Of course, further tests are needed, especially since the results were preliminary, unpublished, and included a small sample size. 

No Diggity and Lose Yourself were named by the researchers, but other songs were better predictors of psychopathy. The scientists declined to name these songs for fear of disrupting future experiments. We're guessing Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran.

To be clear, you shouldn't diagnose yourself based on your musical taste. If you'd like to read more about how psychopaths are diagnosed by trained medical professionals, see this Hare Psychopathy Checklist.

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