“Music/Books that make you dumb”

Posted in Books/Comics/Manga, Music by jukeboxparables on March 8, 2009


A friend linked me to a recent beatcrave article about a statistical data compilation which has correlated Musical taste with SAT scores in the USA. For all those unawares the SAT is the standard college admission test in the United Sates. Anyway I thought It was possibly a bit of a joke however It’s actually been done quite professionally by a Phd. student at Caltech Virgil Griffith.

Basically the author compiled 133 of the most popular inputs of ‘favourite music’ using facebook (manually). Then correlated this with student SAT data. As is pointed out correlation is not causation so the title is perhaps misleading. But you can’t ignore the trends.

A large statistical sample was also used, SAT data was obtained from 1,352 schools.

So whilst browsing the graph outputs which you can view here: http://musicthatmakesyoudumb.virgil.gr/ I also noticed the author had previously done the same thing with books! You can view that here

So what’s the ‘verdict’? Indie/Alternative kids come out on-top whilst lovers of Beethoven reign supreme. Wow, I just had this strange mental image of a certain dystopian novel/movie character named Alex yelping “Not the 5th!”

Highest SAT scorers were lovers of Beethoven, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Folds Five and Guster. whilst the lowest scores fell to (Sorry hip-hop/rap fans) Lil’ Wayne, Beyonce and T.I

I am surprised however that a band like Counting Crows scored so high. The Author explains this away however; “When UPenn Princeton, Duke, Williams, and Upenn make up ~20% of the weight you’d expect a high score.” No doubt some localized quip about the general makeup of attendees of that school that us International folks don’t understand. I’ll have to agree with the fact that Nickelback are near-bottom only outdone by Aerosmith, Haven’t we all suspected this all along!? Muse and David Bowie also registered slightly above average scores. Does this mean my SAT’s would rate somewhere between those two artists? haha hopefully.

In the other plot about Books; Catch 22, Lolita, 100 years of solitude scored highly whilst; Zane, The Colour Purple and The Holy Bible scored fairly low.

Note; this is all pretty tongue-in-cheek! Correlation doesn’t mean its some type of proven fact. Hence the use of inverted commas in the title.




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  1. Ivana Stab said, on March 8, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    The names you listed are not hip hop.

  2. jukeboxparables said, on March 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I meant the genre, the bubble just above beyonce. I actually think It’s quite odd as Lil Wayne is a cut above the general trashyness of most other mainstream Artists in that area. Though then again look at the Alternative bubble, it contains Blink182? Ugh.

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