Music is vital in the development of the human being, even those who for some reason are born with hearing disabilities, sharpen their senses, especially touch, to feel the vibrations generated by the different musical pieces.
In this regard, the University of Cambridge conducted a study in which the impact of music on people’s behavior was investigated. The research covered the five continents, had the participation of more than 350,000 volunteers and made it possible to show that personality types are related to certain musical preferences.
During the study, people from more than 50 countries reported their liking for 23 different music genres while completing a personality questionnaire. A second evaluation also found that Participants will listen to short music clips from 16 different genres and sub-genres of Western music and rank them. The study was published in Journal of personality and social psychology.
David Greenberg, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and Postdoctoral Fellow at Bar-Ilan University said in a statement: “We were surprised by how much the patterns between music and personality were replicated around the world”.
He added: “People may be divided by geography, language and culture, but if an introvert in one part of the world likes the same music as introverts elsewhere, that suggests music could be a very powerful bridge. Music helps people understand each other and find common ground.”
All the associations found were positive, but they also found a negative connection between consciousness and intense music, according to Erie News Now.
“We think that neuroticism would probably have gone one of two ways, either preferring sad music to express their loneliness or preferring happy music to change their mood. In fact, on average, they seem to prefer more intense styles of music, perhaps reflecting inner angst and frustration.Greenberg assured.
“That was surprising. but people use music in different ways: some might use it for catharsisothers to change your mood. We will look into it in more detail,” she stated.
The researchers acknowledged that musical taste is not written and can change. But the studyprovides a foundation for understanding how music can cross other social divides and bring people together”, Said the researcher of the study that was revealed last February.
The music was classified into five main categories depending on the style. “Mellow” was associated with soft rock; R&B and adult contemporary music included romantic lyrics and slow beats.
Whereas “Intense” is louder and more aggressive music like punk, classic rock, heavy metal and power pop. The other categories included “Contemporary” (upbeat electronics, rap, Latin and European pop), “Sophisticated” (classical, opera, jazz) and “Unpretentious” (relaxing or country music genres).
The results revealed that really there are direct links between extroverted people and contemporary music; conscience and unassuming music; sympathy and soft music or unassuming. The opening of the studio was connected with soft, intense, sophisticated and contemporary music.
On the other hand, according to another study carried out by the University of Toronto, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease November, led by Michael Thaut, its main author, showed that listening to music with special meaning stimulated neural pathways in the brain that helped them maintain higher levels of functioning.
“These songs had a unique meaning, like the music that people danced to at their wedding, and led to higher memory performance on the tests. The findings could support the inclusion of music-based therapy in the treatment of cognitively impaired patients in the future,” said Thaut, who is director of the Music and Health Sciences Research Laboratory and professor in the College of Music. and the Temerty College of Medicine.