Musical tastes may indicate personality traits, research suggests


A study suggests that musical taste may be directly linked to personality traits (Credit: Pexels)

Musical tastes can be directly linked to personality traits. This is the conclusion of a survey conducted by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

According to the researchers, one’s musical taste is enough to indicate certain personality traits. The survey was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and defined 23 styles of music. Volunteers from 53 countries completed a personality questionnaire and described their taste for each type of sound.

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According to Metropol, musical genres have been divided into five groups. “Soft” (contemporary music with soft rock, R&B and romantic lyrics and low vocals), “intense” (classic rock, punk, heavy metal and power pop), “contemporary” (electronic music, rap, Latin and euro)-pop ), “sophisticated” (classical, opera and jazz) and “fuzzy” (comfort and country music).

The researchers found that extroverts tended to prefer “contemporary” style songs, while more organized and amiable individuals preferred “obvious” group songs. It seems that anxious and pessimistic people listen to more “intense” music.

David Greenberg, the study’s lead author, told Metropoles: “We were surprised at how well these patterns between music and personality were replicated around the world. People can be divided by geography, language and culture. But if an introvert in one part of the world enjoys the same music as an introvert in another, that suggests music can be a very powerful bridge. Music can help people understand each other and find common ground. Is.”

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