Musical tastes offer a window into how we think

7795bcc88983bb413eaf51caee465cecIf you prefer Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love rather than Metallica’s Enter Sandman, your thinking style is likely to make you more of an empathiser (you focus on and respond to the emotions of others) than a systemiser (you analyse rules and patterns in the world), according to University of Cambridge psychologists in a new study in the journal PLoS ONE.

The researchers recruited more than 4,000 participants mainly through the myPersonality Facebook app. The app asked users to take a selection of psychology-based questionnaires. Later, they were asked to listen to and rate 50 musical pieces from 26 genres and subgenres. Full story.

Jeanette Wang (South China Morning Post) / July 27, 2015

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