We decided recently to expand our department's musical repertoire beyond Murray's ever-thumping playlist. So last week some Vampire Weekend, Jay-Z, and Amy Winehouse floated from various speakers.
However, new research indicates that we were unwittingly exposing ourselves to association with personality stereotypes based on our selections.
Peter Rentfrow and Samuel Gosling, two longtime researchers in the field of music and psychology, found in 1996 that certain personality traits are associated with music preferences.
This year, their research took those findings one step further to explore the stereotypes associated with certain types of music by asking evaluators describe personality types associated with various genres.
Serious job implications here for the department-wide playlist. Start editing!
Evaluators were also asked to rank perceived drug use among fans of different genres:
(More editing....talk about an unspoken glass ceiling!)
via Cognitive Daily