Anyone who’s ever been in a band will tell you the same thing—drummers, man. It doesn’t matter how talented or trained they might be, reigning in those fills and trying to keep the kit-man or woman on pace can sometimes feel impossible, leaving most musicians to feel like drummers are a totally different breed.
Turns out that’s probably true, just not in the way you might be thinking. According to a Swedish study, drummers’ brains work differently than most, but not because they’re stubborn or erratic. According to the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, drummers possess uncanny problem solving skills, a correlation between the parts of the brain that handle problem-solving and rhythmic timing.
Drummers were told to play a steady beat while solving a 60-question intelligence test, and those that had the best answers also kept the beat on pace.
“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,” said Professor Frederic Ullen to the Telegraph.