Do your music preferences betray your personality?


Last updated 5/15/2008 at Noon

Many of us feel instinctively that music says a lot about who we are. Have you ever nipped a relationship in the bud because of some iffy music choices a potential date has made?

In 2003, researchers from the University of Texas went beyond gut feelings, however, and came up with empirical evidence that music choices do indeed reveal basic personality traits.

Peter J. Rentfrow and Samuel Gosling measured five major personality characteristics of 3,500 people – openness to experience, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and emotional stability – and then questioned them abou...

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