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Psychology of Music: What are interesting links between personality and individual preference for certain harmonic and melodic structures?

I guess the real question is, do you love music?Personally, I don’t know where I’d be without it. Ever since I was younger, I have always been exposed to music. It’s like a constant companion that never leaves my head and it just makes me feel happy. This is probably why I love videokes /karaokes whatever you call it, it relaxes your nerves and it brings positive vibe. I even decided to become a You tuber ( FruiT oF LiFe) because of it (partly). I would choose music over computer games and TV, next to reading that is.

But what I wanted to know more, is the Science behind Music preference…

Ever wondered why judges on contestant shows say “You gave me the chills. Your performance was amazing”? According to the syncproject, it is because the relationship between music-listening and the dopaminergic pathway is also behind the “chills” that many people report experiencing during music-listening. When people say “I listen to music to help me with my homework and study” it is because many of the cognitive benefits people experience from music listening actually stem from its effects on emotions, because positive affect can improve cognitive performance. Also, neuroimaging studies have shown that music can activate brain areas that are typically associated with emotions. The deep brain structures that are part of the limbic system like the amygdala and the hippocampus, as well as the pathways that transmit dopamine, is associated for pleasure with music-listening. Professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, has undertaken the largest study so far of musical tastes and personality type. He is an expert on music psychology and has carried out extensive research on the social and applied psychology of music, in particular the relationship between pop music culture and deviant behavior in adolescence, music and consumer behavior, and the role of musical preference in everyday life.

Over the course of three years, Professor North asked more than 36,000 people in more than 60 countries to rate a wide range of musical styles in order of preference. Certain aspects of personality were also measured by questionnaire:

RESULTS

Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing
Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle
Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle
Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing
Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease
Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease

When people listen to music they usually try to attain specific goals. Those related to self-awareness and the regulation of mood and arousal are relatively important to them and those related to social relatedness less so. The same pattern is true for the strength of the effects that listening to music actually unleashes in the listener. Regardless of the specific effects that music evokes, the present results show that the more effective the music, the higher is the strength of music preference (MP) listeners report. In addition, there is interindividual variance in both the strength of the effects music evokes and the strength of music preference (MP). The variance in both variables can be explained by listeners’ positive functional experiences with music in the past. Thus, the functional experiences people have with music throughout their lives may be the key to understanding the emergence and development of music preference (MP).

(The Goals and Effects of Music Listening and Their Relationship to the Strength of Music Preference ; Music Affects Human Behavior and Emotions in Both Positive and Negative WaysPreferred Music Style Is Tied to Personality | Psych Central😉


Originally published at QUORA.COM…Mind-Body-and-Soul

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