Podcast Season 1 Episode 2: Take the music personality test!

What does your musical taste say about you?

Rock, rap, funk… everyone has a music style they love to rock-out to. But what does our taste in music say about our personality? In this episode, the team compare what is on their playlist and take the ‘music personality test’. But it doesn’t stop there: our News Guru, Simon Makin, meets author and TED Talk star Ben Goldacre and eminent super-brain Richard Wiseman at this year’s Brighton Science Festival.

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Music and personality

Where people choose to listen to music (click to enlarge):

Where people listen to music survey

The music personality ‘test’ results

music by thomselomsen, on FlickrResearchers grouped music types into:

  1. Reflective and Complex
  2. Intense and rebellious
  3. Upbeat and conventional
  4. Energetic and Rhythmic

Click here to see which group your music preference goes in.

Dr Stu’s crude summaries of the research results – click your music preference…

Reflective and Complex Music:


Intense and Rebellious Music:


Upbeat and Conventional Music:


Energetic and Rhythmic Music:


The research study:

Rentfrow PJ, Gosling SD. The do re mi’s of everyday life: the structure and personality correlates of music preferences. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2003

Article by Stuart Farrimond

November 12, 2013

Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
You can check out Doctor Stu’s blog at realdoctorstu.com or his poncy personal website stuartfarrimond.com. Here's his .

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