Your thoughts can mir­ror your mu­si­cal tastes

Peo­ple who scored high on em­pa­thy tended to pre­fer mel­low mu­sic from gen­res like RnB, soft rock and coun­try

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety -

Your think­ing style can pro­vide an in­sight into the kind of mu­sic you like, says a study. Ac­cord­ing to psy­chol­o­gists from Univer­sity of Cam­bridge, UK, your think­ing style — whether you are an “em­pathiser”, who re­sponds to oth­ers’ emo­tions or a “sys­temiser”, who likes to an­a­lyse rules and pat­terns in the world — can pre­dict the type of mu­sic you like.

So if you are high on em­pa­thy, you will lis­ten to mel­low mu­sic such as Come Away With Me by No­rah Jones, but if you are a sys­temiser, you will lis­ten to punk and heavy me­tal such as En­ter the Sand­man by Me­tal­lica. “Although peo­ple’s mu­sic choices fluc­tu­ate over time, we have dis­cov­ered a per­son’s em­pa­thy lev­els and think­ing style pre­dicts what kind of mu­sic they like,” said lead re­searcher David Green­berg.

Sci­en­tists con­ducted mul­ti­ple stud­ies with over 4,000 par­tic­i­pants who were re­cruited mainly through the myPer­son­al­ity Face­book app. They used li­brary ex­am­ples of mu­si­cal stim­uli from 26 gen­res and sub­gen­res.

Peo­ple who scored high on em­pa­thy tended to pre­fer mel­low mu­sic (from RnB, soft rock and adult con­tem­po­rary gen­res), coun­try, folk, and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic (from elec­tron­ica, Latin, acid jazz, and Euro pop).

They dis­liked in­tense mu­sic such as punk and heavy me­tal. In con­trast, peo­ple who scored high on sys­temis­ing favoured in­tense mu­sic and dis­liked mel­low and un­pre­ten­tious mu­si­cal styles. The re­sults, pub­lished in the jour­nal PLOS ONE, proved con­sis­tent even within spec­i­fied gen­res where em­pathis­ers pre­ferred mel­low, un­pre­ten­tious jazz, while sys­temis­ers pre­ferred in­tense, so­phis­ti­cated jazz. “Know­ing a per­son’s think­ing style, can help ser­vices fine tune mu­sic rec­om­men­da­tions to an in­di­vid­ual,” Green­berg said.

Peo­ple high on em­pa­thy are

drawn to mel­low mu­sic such as No­rah


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