It is often said that our taste in music tells us a lot about who we are. It seems that this old saying has now been scientifically proven! A recent study by researchers from the University of Cambridge and Bar Ilan University showed that musical preferences and personality traits are closely related. So, instead of rock, rap, or classic?
To reach these conclusions, researchers surveyed more than 350,000 people in more than 50 countries. They asked them to rank their preferences among 23 musical genres and to complete a personality test. It turns out that fans of the same musical style share common character traits, regardless of their nationality.
Extroverted people tend to like the same pieces of music whether they live in France, India, or Australia. Are you a fan of Ed Sheeran, especially his single “Shivers”? You are a priori an extroverted personality according to the study. On the other hand, if you prefer Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow,” you’re an especially nice person to live with. And that, whatever your age, level of education or the country in which you live.
Researchers have found that extroverts prefer rhythmic music such as electro, dance, rap, or Latin melodies. Sociable and conscientious people appreciate the soft and vocal melodies found in folk and romantic rock music the most. Hipsters of jazz, classical or old rock are usually very curious and open-minded.
Transcend geographical boundaries
“We were amazed at how frequently these patterns between music and personality were around the world. People can be divided by geography, language, and culture, but if an introvert in one part of the world likes the same music as introverts elsewhere, this suggests that music can be Being a very strong bond. Music helps people understand each other and find common ground.”Dr David Greenberg, a neuroscientist and one of the co-authors, said: studying.
However, researchers have noted that the status of individuals with neurological disorders is more accurate. They tend to turn to sad music to express their loneliness, or to more upbeat songs to change their mood. In general, they seem to prefer more intense musical styles such as metal, punk rock, or classical rock. They echo their inner fears and frustrations.
If human personality is not limited to a major personality trait, this study is the first step to understanding the biological and cultural factors that influence our musical preferences. It also shows how music can help overcome social divisions. Dr. Greenberg has already done this during his mediation workshops in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians.