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Hannibal Lecter would have listened to rap over classical music; psychopaths prefer it, research shows

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Psychopaths favor rap music over soothing classical or peppy pop tunes.

That’s what researchers at liberal institution New York University concluded based on their studies.

While deranged on-screen serial killer Hannibal Lecter (from “The Silence of the Lambs”) was a classical music fan, researchers say real-life psychopaths are far more likely to listen to rap.

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Rapper XXXTentacion hanged a white boy in his racially charged music video “Look at Me.” (Image: screengrab)

That revelation may not come as a shock to some, since rap music often has lots of angry, profane, violent, misogynistic lyrics accompanied by jarring beats.

According to a study of 200 people who listened to 260 songs, NYU researchers said the individuals who posted the highest psychopath scores on a test preferred the Blackstreet rap “No Diggity” and Eminem’s hit, “Lose Yourself,” over classical or pop music.

In contrast, people with the lowest psychopath scores favored more relaxing tunes like The Knack’s pop song “My Sharona,” and the house-music track “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia.

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Rapper XXXTentacion was recently arrested for battery of his pregnant girlfriend. (Image: screengrab)

This does not mean that if you like or listen to rap music, you’re a psycho. But the study suggests that certain groups of people have a tendency to prefer one genre of music over others.

“The media portrays psychopaths as ax murderers and serial killers, but the reality is they are not obvious; they are not like the Joker in Batman,” lead researcher Pascal Wallisch told the Guardian.

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Wallisch, a psychology professor and neuroscientist, added: “They might be working right next to you, and they blend in. They are like psychological dark matter.”

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Kent Kiehl, a psychologist at the University of New Mexico, said about 1% of the general population meets the description for a psychopath. And their destructive actions cost the U.S. government $460 billion a year.

“You don’t want to have these people in positions where they can cause a lot of harm,” Wallisch said. “We need a tool to identify them without their cooperation or consent.”

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The researchers now want to conduct a larger study to investigate if there’s a predictive link between musical tastes and psychopathy.

If a link can be demonstrated, employers could one day use it as a screening test to identify psychopaths when making hiring decisions. Obviously, this study is still in the preliminary stages right now.

Meanwhile, a word of advice: These psychologists probably won’t want to take their research too mainstream just yet, because you can be sure they’ll be accused of racism in a heartbeat. Just a warning about today’s pathologically hyper-PC environment.

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