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Drummers Are "Natural Intellectuals" According to New Study

Bassists don't want to talk about it.

Bassists don't want to talk about it.

Professor Frederic Ullen from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm has concluded that there is a link between intelligence, good timing and the part of the brain used for problem-solving, according to the Telegraph UK. To further his idea on drummers being smart, he asked "34 right-handed men aged between 19 and 49 to tap a drumstick at a variety of different intervals" and then gave them a psychometric test of 60 questions and problems

"We found that people with high general intelligence were also more stable on a very simple timing task. We also found that these participants had larger volumes of the white matter in the brain, which contains connections between brain regions."

How? Well let me science it up for you once more, courtesy of Ullen.

"The rhythmic accuracy in brain activity that is observed when a person maintains a steady beat is also important to the problem-solving capacities measured with the intelligence tests."

I guess we need to take back those drummer jokes now, don't we? Or maybe we don't considering drummers can't read anyway. Zing.

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