Does music affect our personality?

Does Music Affect Personality?

Music is what we all use/listen to for comfort, it is something that relaxes us and in a way, defines who we are. Music can affect our moods and calm us down in tough times, it affects our brain in more ways that we know. For example, a recent study shows that after hearing a short piece of music, participants were more likely to interpret a neutral expression as happy or sad, to match the tone of the music they heard.

Listening to music at an ambient noise can improve creativity, the background noise boosts their creativity. Researchers found that listening to music at 70 decibels. A test was taken and it was found that people who listen to music at 70 decibels out performed others at a test that was given to them. This is because the background calms and focuses our emotions allowing us to perform better.

Did you know that our music choices predict our personality? For example is you listen to the Blues: you have high self-esteem, you’re creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease. This is judged by the pitch, tempo, volume and lyrics. So if you listen to classical music, because of the slow soothing tone, you are usually at ease and introvert.

-          Blues – high self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle, at ease

-          Jazz – high self-esteem, creative, outgoing, at ease

-          Classical – high self-esteem, creative, introvert, at ease

-          Rap – high self-esteem, outgoing

-          Opera – high self-esteem, creative, gentle

-          Rock/Heavy Metal – low self-esteem, not hardworking, creative, not outgoing, gentle, at ease

-          Reggae – high self-esteem, creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle, at ease

-          Dance – creative, outgoing, not gentle

-          Bollywood – creative, outgoing

We all know that learning a musical instrument is a great skill that stays with us for the rest of our lives, it teaches us the art of music and shows us another way of expressing our emotions. But not everyone knows that it carries another skill which stays with us forever. Music training can significantly improve our motor and reasoning skills. It makes us better with our vocabulary and non-verbal reasoning, which both include analysing visual information. This is useful in life especially with tests and possibly as a detective. It can allow you to improve processing visual information so it can also give you a better memory. This is because learning a musical instrument challenges your mind and allows you to multi-task better because you need to play while reading the notes. Different instruments will have different effects: learning guitar improves dexterity, learning drumming improves timing and your hand-eye coordination etc.

When exercising listening to music helps keep you going. Many already know this, but not many know why. When exercising, you strain your muscles, and you stop when you start to feel fatigue. When listening to music, the music competes against the pain for your brain’s attention. Usually the music ins, so you focus more on the music than the pain of working out. A 2012 study showed that cyclists who listened to music required 7% less oxygen to do the same work as those who cycled in silence.

Here’s what some people at Riddlesdown Collegiate thought about music affecting personality:

Zac C

“Yeah cos for me it’s a big part of my life, in music you begin to discover your identity as a musician. Your identity has to have a personality, so people recognise you from others”

Owen H

“Yes, because depending on the mood of the music, it can influence your emotions”

Eliza P

“No, it effects our mood”

Rhys W

“Yes, because it shows what your into”


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