Your taste in music can reveal how smart (or dumb) you are

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This chart compares peoples SAT scores with the music they listen to. The x-axis represent the SAT score while the colored boxes indicate the music genre and the artist / composer.

Virgil Griffith, popularly known for the Wikipedia Scanner that detects where the Wikipedia edits are coming from, maintains another very interesting project that maps musical tastes of college students with their intelligences levels (determined by their SAT score).

To come up with this chart, Virgil used Facebook to determine the “Favorite music” of students in different colleges in the US and then combined their taste with the average SAT scores of students from these colleges.

The musical taste vs SAT score chart maps the 133 most popular (out of 1,455) favorite music from 1,352 schools. In terms of music genres, it follows like this – Soca < Gospel < Jazz < Hip Hop < Pop < Oldies < Raggae < Alternative < Classical < R&B < Rap < Rock < Country < Classic Rock < Techno in increasing order of SAT scores. Fans of Lil Wayne‘s music scored the lowest in SAT while listeners of Beethoven‘s work were among the highest scorers. Source: musicthatmakesyoudumb.virgil.gr via labnol.org

4 thoughts on “Your taste in music can reveal how smart (or dumb) you are

  • June 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm
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    Great, alI have to do is find “Beethoven” on the chart and I’ll have a way to interpret it. Where are the numbers?

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    • June 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm
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      For that matter, where’s “Beethoven” on the chart?

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    • June 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm
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      You can find “Beethoven” by clicking the image to enlarge it. I also recommend checking out the sources Thanks.

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  • October 24, 2012 at 2:12 am
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    What alot of social, idiosyncratic arse product.

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