Psychology Research Project
Brain, Emotions, and Music
Why did I choose this topic?
“People’s musical choices seem to be a mirror of who they are.” -David Greenberg ph.D
Genres of Music and personality
Songs and the way your brain works
The results were that empathetic individuals or “empathizers” preferred more emotional music. Whereas, analytic minds or “systemizers” preferred music with greater sonic complexity.
Survey conducted by Adrian North about Personality vs Music
Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease
Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease
Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing
Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle
Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing
Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease
Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle
Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, and not gentle
Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing
Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease
Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease
Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease
Some things that affect the music you listen to are; Personality, Perception, and Emotions.
Refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving.
The brain’s special roles are memory, attention, decision making, planning and emotion. All these aspects are what make up your own individual personality.
Your emotions are relatively any brief conscious experience characterized by intense mental activity, can be both good or bad. Different emotions can mean multiple things and can relate to each other to make up the way you feel about something or a situation. Emotion is a big factor in determining what we perceive. With the way our brain works usually when we hear a sound we match the sound to an image in our brain. Like when you hear a certain animal noise you imagine a picture of that animal in your head. So like when you listen to songs your brain listens to the words and music and matches it with something that has happened in your life or with an image in your brain.
How music affects your emotions
Hippocampus: Center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system (this control of bodily functions).
Prefrontal Cortex: part of nervous system that plans complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behavior.Parietal Lobe: Used to sense sensation and perception. It also Integrates sensory information (Cognition).
Music changes your brain waves
Music doesn’t just change your current mood, it changes your future mood as well. The music you listen to changes your brain waves and even when you aren’t listening to music your brain still remembers what you last listened to so that mood you were in when listening to it could last for hours to days after.
When you listen to music it actually focuses your brain. There are four levels of focus of your brain; Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. Your brain is usually at the least amount of focus, Beta, but when you listen to music it stimulates neurons in your brain so you brain focuses more and could bring it to a That or Delta focus level.
Is every Brain the same?
Studies show that more particularly the teen brain is the most diverse than any other age. Teens interpret things differently. There outlook on the world is much more different of an infant's or older adult. Teen’s have the most change going on in their life so it affects the way they think more and this will have a major affect on the type of music they choose to listen to.
My results from a music and personality quiz
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"The Teen Brain." Teen Health and Wellness. Rosen Publishing Group, Inc., 2016. Web. 8 Jan. 2016.
Collingwood, Jane. "Preferred Music Style Is Tied to Personality." Psych Central. N.p., 24 Sept. 2008. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.
Keenan, Julian Paul. "Perception." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.