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Insight of the Day: Who likes loud cars? Ontario study suggests they skew young, male and score high on psychopathy and sadism

The study conducted by Professor Julie Aitken Schermer from Western University in London, Ontario, suggests a correlation between certain personality traits and the preference for loud cars with modified mufflers. Here are the key points from the article:

- Study Findings:

- The study found a strong correlation between young men who desire cars with modified mufflers and dark personality traits like sadism and psychopathy.

- This correlation sheds light on the psychological motivations behind the preference for loud cars and the willingness to modify them for increased noise levels.

- The pilot study titled "A desire for a loud car with a modified muffler is predicted by being a man and higher scores on psychopathy and sadism" was published in the international journal Current Issues in Personality Psychology.

- Impact of Loud Cars:

- The noise pollution caused by these loud cars, especially during unsanctioned car rallies and drag races, can disrupt the peace of neighborhoods, affecting residents' sleep and overall well-being.

- The loud noises from these vehicles, including the gunshot pop of tailpipes and the roar of engines, can be particularly disturbing when heard at night, leading to complaints and calls to police from affected individuals.

- Call for Action:

- Professor Schermer emphasizes the need to take noise pollution from illegal cars seriously and address the concerns raised by communities impacted by these activities.

- Understanding the psychological factors driving the preference for loud cars can help in developing strategies to mitigate noise disturbances caused by these vehicles.

The study highlights the intersection between personality traits and automotive preferences, shedding light on the motivations behind the attraction to loud car modifications and the impact they have on communities.


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