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HEAVY MENTAL; 'Brighter teenagers listen to hard rock'.

Byline: By ROD CHAYTOR

TEENAGERS who listen to heavy metal bands could actually be budding geniuses.

Experts have found a link between head-banging music and intelligence - exploding the myth that clever youngsters prefer Beethoven and Mozart.

Children with high IQs feel isolated and seek solace in aggressive bands such as Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath.

Lyrics about hate and alienation appeal to those spurned by classmates because of their brains.

Warwick University researcher Stuart Cadwallander polled 1,000 gifted students and found a third were "metalheads".

He said: "Talented pupils appreciate hard rock. It's quite a challenging form."

r.chaytor@mirror.co.uk

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 24, 2007
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