We all knew this was true anyway, but finally we can say it is scientific fact that you can judge a person’s personality via their music collection.
Cambridge University have this week published a study which analysed the music preferences of around 4,000 volunteers. After taking a personality test (via Facebook), volunteers were asked to rate 50 musical artists (including British ex-punk/current-capitalist Johnny Rotten), after which two distinct categories of personality types were uncovered: Systemisers (those that like rules and patterns), and Empathisers.
PhD student David Greenburg, who led the team, says “a lot of money is put into algorithms to choose what music you may want to listen to, for example on Spotify and Apple Music. By knowing an individual’s thinking style, such services might in future be able to fine tune their music recommendations to an individual”.
The study concluded that people high in systemising would enjoy both The Sex Pistols and Vivaldi, while songs high on “emotional depth” such as Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah and Nora Jones’ Come Away With Me (!?) would suit empathisers.
There might be a little more work to be done here, we think. [via The Atlantic]