Personality Studies Show the Difference Between People Who Play Music and Everyone Else

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There’s no easy answer. For decades, researchers have studied what drives certain individuals to spend so much time making and thinking about music. What they’ve found is nothing short of incredible: The minds of musicians and non-musicians are not the same.

Musicians share a number of personality traits that guide them through the difficult work of translating human experiences into a series of otherwise meaningless melodies. Here are some of the ways they are different from everyone else… Full story.

Tom Barnes (Music. Mic) / August 18, 2015

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