Playlist of the Lambs: psychopaths may have distinct musical preferences

Playlist of the Lambs: psychopaths may have distinct musical preferences

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By: Ian Sample Science editor | Playlist of the Lambs: psychopaths may have distinct musical preferences | Neuroscience | The Guardian

Those with highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of Blackstreet hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself also rated highly

Contrary to the movie trope epitomised by Alex in A Clockwork Orange and Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs, psychopaths are no fonder of classical music than anyone else, though they do appear to have other musical preferences, psychologists say.

In a study of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, those with the highest psychopath scores were among the greatest fans of the Blackstreet number one hit No Diggity, with Eminem’s Lose Yourself rated highly too.

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