By Peter Lloyd for MailOnline
Published: 16:03 BST, 23 May 2019 | Updated: 18:40 BST, 23 May 2019
Those with a musical preference for Mozart and Bach may be more intelligent than people who prefer words in their music.
That's according to scientists who say they've found a link between brain power and instrumental music, such as classical and jazz.
More than four-hundred students were observed for the study, which took place in Croatia and was conducted by research scholars from Oxford Brookes University.
Their results showed that people with lower intellect preferred music with lyrics, rather than complex orchestrations.
It reaffirms the popular theory by Satoshi Kanazawa, known as the Savanna-IQ hypothesis, which links intellect with novel or uncommon stimuli.
Detailed: More than four-hundred students were observed for the study, which took place in Croatia and was conducted by research scholars from Oxford Brookes University
The study's author, Elena Racevska, surveyed 467 teenagers by asking them to perform an intelligence test.
They were then asked to rank musical genres in order of preference.
Those who earned the highest IQ scores displayed a clear preference for instrumental music, it found.
The study's author, Elena Racevska, surveyed 467 teenagers by asking them to perform an intelligence test. Then, they asked them to rank musical genres in order of preference
'After reading Kanazawa's papers, one of which was on the relationship between intelligence and musical preferences, we decided to further test his hypothesis using a different set of predictors — namely, a different type of intelligence test (i.e. a nonverbal measure), and the uses of music questionnaire,' Ms Racevska said.
It was first presented by evolutionary psychologist, Satoshi Kanazawa.
It is named after her and named the Savanna IQ Hypothesis.
The theory links intellect with novel or uncommon stimuli and suggests clever people