Guess which music  makes you smart and which makes you dumb. A CalTech grad student, Virgil Griffith, did a study comparing SAT scores to music tastes. The highest-scoring people loved Beethoven (average SAT scores of 1371), and the lowest-scoring (SAT score of 889) loved Lil Wayne. Bands like Radiohead, Counting Crow, and Sufjan Stevens came in next for the high-scoring camp.

Of course, a study like this only proves correlation, not causation. Lil Wayne might not make you dumb —- you might listen to him because you're already dumb. My guess is that it has more to do with environment than intelligence.  

See the chart after the jump. 

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Alisa Harris

0 Responses to Does Lil Wayne make you dumb?

  1. derek addison says:

    how about other variables that may impact your conclusions? how didyou control for that? anybody who’s ever taken a research course this is definetly not valid .

  2. Tim says:

    “My guess is that it has more to do with environment than intelligence.” That, Alisa, is what I tried to say but in a lot more words that made me sound like an idiot.

  3. Bigs says:

    Jazz and Gospel are right on Lil’ Wayne’s heels.


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