Contrary to popular stereotypes, drummers are said to be the most intelligent members in the band. That's right, Tommy Lee, Dave Grohl, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr, studies show these percussionists are statistically smarter than their musical counterparts.
In the recent Karolinska Institute in Stockholm study, researchers examined 34 right-handed men aged between 19 and 49, while they took a 60-question intelligence test and simultaneously kept time with a drumstick.
Their findings? Those with the best sense of rhythm scored better on the intelligence test.
"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."
Professor, Frederic Ullen, The Telegraph
As reported by the Telegraph, "Professor Frederic Ullen, from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, concluded that there was a link between intelligence, good timing and the part of the brain used for problem-solving."
Want even more proof? Harvard University researchers found that drummers have a unique "internal clock" that mimics the rhythm found in human brain waves, sleep heart rates, and feline auditory nerve firings.
How interesting is this? So, the next time you want to make fun of the drummer (hence, most movie depictions of rockstars), think twice!
Related: Look back at band members who notoriously left their crew:
Band members who left
Study reveals this band member is statistically most intelligent
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