Remember coming across this and thinking it's an important discovery which helps explain Dissensus."Why do we like the music we do? Research has shown that musical preferences and personality are linked, yet little is known about other influences on preferences such as cognitive styles.
To address this gap, we investigated how individual differences in musical preferences are explained by the empathizing-systemizing (E-S) theory.
Study 1 examined the links between empathy and musical preferences across four samples. By reporting their preferential reactions to musical stimuli, samples 1 and 2 (Ns = 2,178 and 891) indicated their preferences for music from 26 different genres, and samples 3 and 4 (Ns = 747 and 320) indicated their preferences for music from only a single genre (rock or jazz).
Results across samples showed that empathy levels are linked to preferences even within genres and account for significant proportions of variance in preferences over and above personality traits for various music-preference dimensions.
Study 2 (N = 353) replicated and extended these findings by investigating how musical preferences are differentiated by E-S cognitive styles (i.e., ‘brain types’). Those who are type E (bias towards empathizing) preferred music on the Mellow dimension (R&B/soul, adult contemporary, soft rock genres) compared to type S (bias towards systemizing) who preferred music on the Intense dimension (punk, heavy metal, and hard rock).
Analyses of fine-grained psychological and sonic attributes in the music revealed that type E individuals preferred music that featured low arousal (gentle, warm, and sensual attributes), negative valence (depressing and sad), and emotional depth (poetic, relaxing, and thoughtful), while type S preferred music that featured high arousal (strong, tense, and thrilling), and aspects of positive valence (animated) and cerebral depth (complexity). The application of these findings for clinicians, interventions, and those on the autism spectrum (largely type S or extreme type S) are discussed."
Although really I'm unable to decipher the syntax of this graph. What means what? Which direction are the flows? It seems you would need an extensive pre-existing understanding to appreciate this diagram. Are all of those dots different stages of molecular differentiation? And yet, they aren't codified.Think this one still wins out though. Biochemical pathways.
This is the sort of diagram I've been looking to make, to both get a better holistic understanding of the US government, and also to test the hypothesis of compressing knowledge into a diagram so it can unpacked and digested more efficiently than it was first gathered.
Just stumbled across it. I might make an updated version in this style.
Naturally it is a colossal image. Here is the url: https://www.writework.com/uploads/12/128483/diagram-federal-government-and-american-union.jpg
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I get the impression that the more energetic genres have a greater share of nerdy types the more extreme they get eg. thrash within metal within rock and breakcore within skullstep within drum and bass.Thats interesting, I wouldn't have thought of "systematizing" personalities being especially drawn to "intensive" music. I wonder if they had any findings related to classical music, seeing how systematic its construction is.