Are you an empathizer, preferring to focus on the emotions of those around you, or a systemizer,interested in the patterns and rules of the world?
How you answer that question predicts what style of music you like.
Researchers had more than 4,000 volunteers complete a personality profile, then had them listen to and rate 50 music excerpts.
Then they calculated each person’s scores across five “MUSIC” dimensions—mellow, unpretentious, sophisticated, intense, and contemporary—and found that cognitive style influences the very genres of music people like.
Empathizers drift toward “mellow” and “unpretentious” music like soft rock and blue grass, while systemizers prefer “intense” music like punk rock and heavy metal.
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