It turns out that volunteers who were fans of Sia and David Guetta’s "Titanium" fell at the lowest end of the spectrum.
“My Sharona” by The Knack was another song that corresponded to low psychopathic scores.
Pascal added that these findings are still preliminary and unpublished, so if you happen to be a fan of Blackstreet and Eminem and are starting to panic, don’t.
The researchers are hoping that these early findings can lead to more in-depth studies with a larger number of volunteers.
Pascal also stated that these were not, in fact, the only songs that tested high among psychopaths.
They chose to omit these findings from the study in order to prevent future research from being compromised.
“You don’t want to have these people in positions where they can cause a lot of harm. We need a tool to identify them without their cooperation or consent," Pascal added.
“The ethics of this are very hairy, but so is having a psychopath as a boss and so is having a psychopath in any position of power.”
So what’s the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath?
Although the two share several traits, there are key differences.
A sociopath is defined as “a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.”
Sociopaths are better able to blend in with society, while psychopaths, who are often thought to simply have a severe case of sociopathy, tend to run into trouble with the law.
Psychopaths are often portrayed in movies and on television as terrifying monsters.
Oxford psychologist Kevin Dutton explained to The Guardian why we as a society are so fascinated by people with this type of disorder.
“The coming together of the dark, visceral, primeval psychopathic mind and the higher aesthetic of classical composition is inherently incongruous, and there is a whole body of literature on the creative potential of incongruity,” he said.