Empathizers & Systemizers
Tell me what kind of music you listen and I'll tell you who you are. Or rather, I'll tell you if you're the type of person that fits easily in tune with the emotions of others or if you are a methodical person, so the format and rules are everything in life. From Norah Jones to Slayer, the music in the playlists of our devices is indicative of the way our brain works. To support this thesis is a group of researchers at the University of Cambridge: their study, entitled "The musical preferences are linked to cognitive styles", is nothing more than a long analysis accompanied by graphs and tables by which we arrive at conclusion that the Queen fans are more empathetic than the Sex Pistols ones. "Empathizers" is the term used in the search to define the subjects that fail to focus and better respond to the emotions of others. By contrast, the "Systemizers" are those who can not make a decision until after a careful study of the rules governing the life of every day. And the musical tastes determine the position of each individual in this scale at whose extremes are the people more empathetic and analytical ones.
The study, published in the contributory research journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge in England, led by PhD student David Greenberg from the Department of Psychology.
“Although people's music choices fluctuate over time, we've discovered a person's empathy levels and thinking style predicts what kind of music they like. In fact, their cognitive style - whether they're strong on empathy or strong on systems - can be a better predictor of what music they like than their personality.” Greenberg said in a press release.