Music and Personality

1230 Words Nov 15th, 2012 5 Pages
Music and Personality

What Does Your Taste In Music Reveal About Your Personality?

Could the playlists lurking on your iPod really reveal information about your personality? Research conducted by psychologists Jason Rentfrow and Sam Gosling suggests that knowing the type of music you listen to can actually lead to surprisingly accurate predictions about your personality. For example, researchers found that people could make accurate judgments about an individual's levels of extraversion, creativity and open-mindedness after listening to ten of their favorite songs. Extraverts tend to seek out songs with heavy bass lines, while those who enjoy more complex styles such as jazz and classical music tend to be more creative and have
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I think that both types of music, classical and heavy metal, both have something of the spiritual about them — they’re very dramatic — a lot happens. The study conducted by researchers at Heriot-Watt University looked at more than 36,000 participants from all over the world. Participants were asked to rate more than 104 different musical styles in addition to offering information about aspects of their personality.

Of course this helps explain why people who like the same styles of music tend to stick together, but it goes deeper than just a ‘similar interests’ thing – it’s almost suggests a new kind of tribalism. He described the findings as dramatic and surprising. To my mind, writing a portrait of my group, describing their tastes and trying to reveal what kind of music they do prefer would give me a really hard time. We have something in common. Those 4 years of co-existing in the same community brought up the similar views on particular things and music is one of them. That’s why if I asked them what style of music they prefer, they would probably answer, “I can’t say exactly. I listen to everything that I like, to everything that is pleasant to my ear.” I know those guys, most of them would answer this way, believe me. =) So I’ve decided to make a test, just there, on the spot. To find out what kind of music appeals to
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