Are You an Empathetic or Analytical Thinker? What Your Favorite Songs Can Tell You About The Way Your Brain Works

The researchers found that empathetic individuals (“empathizers”) tended to prefer more emotionally driven music, while analytic minds (“systemizers”) gravitated toward music with greater sonic complexity. 

“Empathizers, who have a drive to understand the thoughts and feelings of others, preferred music … which featured low energy, negative emotions (such as sadness) and emotional depth,” David Greenberg, a Ph.D. candidate at Cambridge and the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post in an email. “On the other hand, systemizers, who have a drive to understand and analyze the patterns that underpin the world, preferred music … which not only features high energy and positive emotions.”

Carolyn Gregoire