Monday, March 12, 2007

Personality and musical taste

Over at Scienceblogs' Mixing Memory, Chris has posted a very thorough description of several research studies on musical preferences and what they tell us about personality traits.

Here are the findings, in a nutshell. I found them more than a little amusing:
In short, people who listen to jazz are smart, liberal, adventurous, and poor; people who listen to heavy metal are smart, liberal, adventurous, athletic, and prone to social dominance; people who listen to Madonna or the "Dancing With Wolves" soundtrack are agreeable, conscientious, conservative, rich, happy, dumb, emotionally unstable, and hot; and people who listen to hip hop are extraverted, agreeable, liberal, athletic, and hot. Well, those are the tendencies at least (I've known some smart Madonna fans, though I have to say that they were pretty emotionally unstable).
You can read his entire post here.

I notice they didn't comment on country music fans.... Perhaps better left unsaid?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever the study says about country music fans, I am positive that the Dixie Chicks are an exception!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Meade Skelton said...

Country Music is a great genre. Its also very diverse. It has some of the best songs ever written and great performers. I love The Carter Family, Patsy Cline, and Marty Robbins. I dont care for Modern Country. From my personal experience, those who dont like Country music tend to be more conventional Top 40 people, whereas those who do like Good Country Music have more variety in their tastes and are more creative.

12:16 AM  

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