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New study claims that drummers are more intelligent than everyone
**According to a collection of studies, drummers are super smart, due to a variety of factors relating to being in the rhythm section.** The news comes courtesy of Polymic, who have compiled a series of reports from Oxford and Harvard universities to name a few. What they found was that that dude at the back of the band isn't the head scratcher that you might think he is, in fact he is more likely to be the smartest of them all. For example, researchers at Stockholm's Karolinska Institutet found that drummers who kept a tighter rhythm also scored better on a 60-question intelligence test. This is a reflection of better problem solving skills, which creates a positive impact on those around them. $$!ad_code_content_spilt_video_ad!$$ If that wasn't enough, other studies added that rhythmic music actually makes people smarter. A University of Washington study showed better results from participants who undertook rhythmic light and sound therapy. Additionally research from the University of Texas tested the same process on children with ADD, finding that it not only had the same effect as Ritalin, but their IQ's actually went up. Going further than simple intelligence, Oxford University found that drummers produced a "natural high" when playing together, which heightened both pain and happiness thresholds. On top of this, at Harvard, they discovered that drummers who missed a beat were actually tapping into the rhythm of the earth, which moves in waves rather than like a clock. So there you go, drummers are not only smarter than everybody ever, but they are also at one with the earth and happier than you are. Time to take up some lessons.
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Edge Of Mind
Edge Of Mind ·  
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Wow - a million views by now - lots of guys definitely felt flettered - Rightly so :)
educating365
educating365 ·  
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I keep rhythms tight I lead and organize the BHCC music club. --basically the FT drummer for the club too** Mostly As in all my courses, studying ECE Dev. Intern for www.IdaBWellsCenter.org I pay my own bills. I'm a FT KPrep Teacher for Bright Horizons** I drive a dying 5speed Protege5 '03. No accidents, it's just been abused. Not by me. Welcome to my life as a drummer **FT is Full time
Puzzle ·  
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This is what I've been saying for over 60 years. Maybe that's where all the drummer jokes come from. I suppose that can be threatening to some and welcoming to others.
warnerbrown
warnerbrown ·  
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This is true. And really good drummers are the most sought-after band members. Before the singer, even. They always seem to be in short supply, but when you find a great one they kickass and make that good song GREAT! All hail drummers.
Enginea18
Enginea18 ·  
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I am a happy drummer!
fsbassman
fsbassman ·  
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What about Bass Players, we're part of the rhythm section? hmm?
Gaius
Gaius ·  
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We've been saying this for years ;)
Pam Allen
Pam Allen ·  
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i always wanted to be a drummer, so I guess that means I am a wannabe smart person...upvoted
Edge Of Mind
Edge Of Mind ·  
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Just happened to go viral
dobroman46
dobroman46 ·  
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Interesting post
Scott ·  
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Look at all the guitar players freak out. Very funny.
Valen
Valen ·  
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jep :D
cybervigilante
Especially air guitar players - urge to kill ;')
kenmay139
kenmay139 ·  
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If that's true, and I don't doubt that it is, then explain this: http://www.drumjokes.com/
Edge Of Mind
Edge Of Mind ·  
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nice^^
Trinity
Trinity ·  
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Travis Barker ♥ ^^
David ·  
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It's not Travis, look at his tattoos, they're different xD
sam crespo ·  
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Ummm, i have a question since i'm just a dumb guitarist.. WTF does people exposed to rhythmic light and sound therapy and releasing a "natural high" and "tapping into the rhythm of the earth" have to do with intelligence?
Adub ·  
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The short answer: nothing. This article (and others like it) are merely pointing out the correlation between exposure to different types of rhythms and an increase in intelligence quotient test scores. This doesn't necessarily mean that anyone can become smarter by simply banging on a drum. The part about "natural highs" and the "rhythm of the earth" are just additional positive side effects, as indicated by the subordinate clause at the beginning of paragraph 4 ("Going further than simple intelligence...").
cybervigilante
Quite a bit if you read neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki's new book, Healthy Brain, Happy Life. Rhythmic exercise literally increases the number of neurons in your brain.
Drumjod ·  
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{@Adub} sounds particularly astute. I can't help but wonder if he has a tendency towards the rhythmic sections.
Memetski
Memetski ·  
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It's nice that the science can prove what I'm trying to say to everybody! This article is now hung up on my wall at the office \m/
dma ·  
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Umm i think not
Gaius
Gaius ·  
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I already thought I was smarter than everyone else, but I'm glad science is backing me up! :D
dc512
dc512 ·  
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Ritalin, not ritalin. Good article.
Alaine
Alaine ·  
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Thx ;)
Drum Bum ·  
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So I've been tapping into the rhythm of the earth this entire time...
Valen
Valen ·  
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what about ringo^^
allyJ ·  
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Ringo wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles. :)
Edge Of Mind
Edge Of Mind ·  
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Marge will surely disagree ;) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0701077/
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