Swedish Scientists Prove Drummers Are Smart!

The next time some wiseacre cracks a crass drummer joke, be sure to whip out this recent study by Frederic Ullen and Guy Madison.

The two professors from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm asked 34 right-handed men between the ages of 19 and 49 to tap a drum stick at a variety of intervals, and then gave the test subjects psychometric test of 60 questions. The results suggested that those subjects with the best sense of rhythm scored highest in 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,” Ullen concluded, effectively verifying something that drummers have known for time immemorial: We smaht!