Music Taste Is Linked to Personality Traits
A test designed to work out whether musical taste is a reflection of someone's personality has been deve欧易交易所loped by Cambridge University psychologists.
Fans of James Blunt, cheesy（庸俗的） club music and heavy metal have long been stereotyped,
but the researchers believe there is a link between the type of music people like and their general characteristics.
So far the researchers have found that those described as "empathisers（感同身受者）", who have a good ability to understand the feelings and thoughts of others,
appear to prefer music that is romantic, relaxing, unaggressive, sad or slow such as soft rock and some R&B.
"Systemisers", who tend to lean towards jobs in maths and science, are less stimulated by how the music makes them feel than by its structural qualities.
They tend to prefer more "sophisticated" music such as from the avant-garde（前卫）, world beat, traditional jazz and classical genres.
Empathisers may get a higher dose of a soothing hormone when listening to sad music than another the systemisers,
explaining why they enjoy listening to that type of musi欧易交易所c more.
As part of their research, the team created a "Musical Universe" quiz, which is available online.
The test asks each individual to rate 25 music欧易交易所al excerpts（节选） and answer questions relating to the five key personality traits（特点） —
extraversion（外向性）, agreeableness, openness to experience, conscientiousness and emotional stability.
It also asks about mental health, general life satisfaction and any "major event" which has disrupted（捣乱） someone's life.
All of these factors combin欧易交易所e to affect what kind of music people listen to, said Mr Greenberg.
"We are seeking music that reflects who we are, so that includes personality, that includes the way we think, and it may even be the way our brain is wired, " he said.