Music preferences may be linked to our way of thinking, says study
Have you ever wondered why we have specific musical tastes or why you like one genre of music and another not? Little is known about the factors that can influence our tastes, but the fact is that it only takes a few seconds to know when we want to listen to a song or when we prefer to skip to the next track. Scholars at the University of Cambridge, England, decided to investigate this issue further and made a rather unusual discovery about the songs we heard.
According to the study, published on the scientific magazine site PLOS One in July, our musical preferences are directly related to our personality and our way of thinking. To reach this conclusion, the researchers gathered data from approximately 4,000 people, who were recruited through social networks. In the first phase, they answered a questionnaire designed for the scientists to understand how each participant thought and reacted. In the second phase, they listened to 50 songs from 26 different musical genres and subgenres, and in the third they evaluated each one. The researchers then analyzed the information collected and found that there is a strong relationship between the psychological profile mapped through the questionnaire and the individual ratings given to the songs.
If a person has the so-called "empathic brain" the ability to recognize and react to the thoughts and feelings of others, she will tend to prefer genres such as R & B, soul and country. Already if she has the one that we call "systematic brain", linked to the ability to understand rules and systems, she will prefer heavy metal, punk, among other similar styles.
Researchers also found that more empathic people tend to prefer more songs calm, with sad and melancholic lyrics or even more poetic. Those who are more systematic tend to prefer more animated and intense genres, with strong and more entertaining lyrics.
Scholars still believe that this research may have repercussions even in the music industry. According to David Greenberg, the lead author of the study, large music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music invest a lot of money to discover new and different ways of knowing what music their users would like to hear. "With studies like this in hand, by which it is possible to trace people's thinking, identifying possible musical tastes will be much easier and more practical," he told a news conference.
Our heart has a set of 40,000 neurons, a "mini brain" that makes you sensitive and capable behavior in accordance with their perceptions. The heart reacts to what it perceives, influencing the whole body, including the brain. The tum tum of our heart has both the beats that accelerate our functioning and the beats that seek to stop the acceleration.
Many people like to set great goals (especially at the beginning of the year, right?). But psychologist Amy Cuddy of Harvard University in the United States explains that the odds of finding success and happiness lie in setting goals that are easier to achieve. In a video, the psychologist, a specialist in human behavior , says that the biggest mistake people make in goal planning is to focus only on the outcome, forgetting the process to achieve them.
- 7 Questions about candidiasis that every woman needs to know
- Infants conceived by in vitro fertilization may have a higher risk of developing cancer
- Mothers who lose their baby during pregnancy: what to do?
- 6 Practical recipes with chicken for Christmas dinner
- Only 47% of men with HIV worldwide are on treatment, says UN