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Music Taste Linked to Personality?

Heavy metal fans are “quite delicate things?”  They are if you believe Adrian North.

Yahoo News UK & Ireland reports that Adrian North, a psychology professor at Heriot-Watt University, has completed a research study linking music taste to personality.  He said: “People do actually define themselves through music and relate to other people through it but we haven’t known in detail how music is connected to identity.”  Those participating were asked to rate 104 musical styles in the study and were also questioned on aspects of their personality.

His study included more than 36,000 people from around the world and suggests that fans of heavy metal are gentle and introverted, but not hard working; indie listeners exhibit low self-esteem, those fond of pop are uncreative, country and western lovers are hard-working, those who like rap are outgoing and jazz and classical music supporters are innovative and bursting with self-confidence.

My favorite quote was from the BBC.  They reported North saying, “The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and of being a danger to themselves and society in general.  But they are quite delicate things.”

Both articles also list some similarities between fans of different genres.  To see the actual paper (and others), click here.

Photo from the Yahoo Article

Photo from the Yahoo Article

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The Top 21 Books from the BBC’s Big Read (2003)

I love book lists.  It’s five years later, but here are the BBC’s top 21 books in their Big Read of 2003: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë
11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell