A German psychologist is developing a test that he hopes can help to stop psychopaths from using online dating services.
Dr Pascal Wallisch has devised a personality test based on people’s preferences for certain musical patterns.
The doctor claims that playing volunteers over 50 short music clips and asking their opinions on each can help to reveal certain personality types.
As a recent Newsweek article explains: “The end product will be an easy and reliable tool to help the users become more aware of the presence of those with psychopathic personality traits, whether in the workplace or on the online dating scene.”
James Murrough, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, said: “If they [psychopaths] are smart they would know that the right answer on a test is not that you strangled a cat when you were a kid.
“If you have APD you might be better than average at beating a lie detector because you don’t have that emotional reaction that the test relies on.”
Read more about the theory here.