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1. Happy/sad music affects how we see the world

depending upon the tone of music a person prefers to listen affect the way they see people around them.

Something else regarding how music affects our emotions that is incredibly fascinating is that there are two different types of emotions that are influenced by music: felt and perceived emotions.

This explains why some people find listening to sad music entertaining rather than upsetting because sometimes we may understand the emotions expressed in a piece of music without actually experiencing them.

When listening to music, we don’t experience any genuine threat or danger, therefore we can sense the corresponding feelings without actually experiencing them—almost like vicarious emotions.

2. Our music choices can predict our personality

Because it has only been tried on young adults (that I am aware of), take this one with a grain of salt, but it’s still incredibly intriguing.

In a study of couples that took the time to get to know one another, the listener’s personality qualities could be reasonably accurately predicted by looking at each other’s top 10 songs.

Openness to experience, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability were the five personality qualities tested in the study.

It’s interesting to see that some features could be predicted with greater accuracy than others based on listening preferences. For instance, extraversion, openness to experience, and emotional stability were the traits that were most straightforward to identify. On the other hand, based on musical preference, conscientiousness wasn’t immediately apparent.

Additionally, a breakdown of how the various genres reflect our personalities:

music and character
Here is the connection they have discovered, broken down:

  • Blues supporters have a good sense of self-worth, are imaginative, gregarious, kind, and at ease.
  • Jazz enthusiasts are confident, creative, extroverted, and at ease.
  • Fans of classical music are confident in themselves, artistic, reserved, and at ease.
  • Rap fans are outspoken and have a great sense of self.
  • Opera lovers are artistic, kind, and have strong self-esteem.
  • Fans of country and western music are energetic and social.
  • Reggae enthusiasts are confident, creative, laid-back, easygoing, and don’t put any pressure on themselves.
  • Dance aficionados are imaginative and gregarious, but not delicate.
  • Indie fans lack self-confidence, are not innovative, diligent, or kind.

3. Ambient noise can improve creativity

Everyone enjoys turning up the music as they work through their to-do lists, right? However, playing loud music while working might not be the greatest choice.

It turns out that the ideal environment for creativity is one with moderate noise levels. Ambient noise appears to stimulate our creativity more than low noise levels and not turn us off like excessive noise levels do.

The way this works is that moderate noise levels make it harder to digest information, which encourages abstract thinking and boosts creativity. In other words, we turn to more imaginative methods when we (just enough) struggle to comprehend things as we normally would.

However, in noisy environments, we have trouble thinking creatively because we’re distracted.

4. Music practicing can altogether work on our body movement and thinking abilities

In general, we think that teaching children to play an instrument will be advantageous for them, however this isn’t always the case. According to one study, children who had at least three years of musical instrument training outperformed those who had not in their auditory discrimination and fine motor skills.

Additionally, they performed better on tests of vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning, which involves comprehending and evaluating visual information and includes things like figuring out how shapes and patterns relate to one another and how they differ.

It’s intriguing to see how teaching children to play an instrument may aid in the development of such a wide range of critical abilities because these two areas in particular are extremely dissimilar from musical instruction as we often understand it.

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