Is it possible to draw a conclusion about the level of human intelligence based on the music he listens to?

Is it possible to draw a conclusion about the level of human intelligence based on the music he listens to?

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Answer 1
January, 2021

Of course not! Let's turn to science: intelligence is the ability to think, the ability to mediate, abstract knowledge. Intellect is opposed to irrational spheres of the psyche - emotions, imagination, etc. Music, its perception, love for it is just an emotional sphere, that is, it has nothing to do with the intellect.

Answer 2
January, 2021

After reading the discussion above, I got the impression that people who answered "no, musical taste and intellect are in no way connected", thus "justifying" their musical preferences, which it is a shame to admit and, which is indicative, everything, like a mitigating circumstance, right there add "I listen to that when I'm drunk." This speaks not of their intelligence, of course, but of the general makeup of their personality.

As for the topic of the question itself, it seems to me that it was worth taking a concept wider than intelligence, i.e. not only the mind of a person, but also the level of his spiritual development, culture, etc., what is covered by the concept of "intelligence". This word would be more appropriate. And the musical taste and the level of human development, both intellectual and cultural, and spiritual, are certainly connected, but how else can it be? There is such a phrase “you are what you eat” and another one about “it is better to starve than to eat anything.”

But here it is worth making one more reservation. What is music? For the most part, this is a combination of the music itself and the meaning conveyed through words. So, in the overwhelming majority of cases, there is no point in arguing and evaluating music itself - it is music, without words, that can rarely be unambiguously defined as "near" or "primitive". It usually just gives off a "like - not like" feeling. Music can be very figurative or abstract, strange, incomprehensible, eclectic, not yours, in short - there is no dispute about musical tastes. But the content, meaning, text - this is what often gives it this or that shade of "primitiveness". Here we have already cited the names of the songs as an example: "spice nigga * vaya movement", such a brother's life. "Well, there will not be a person who is truly deep inside listening to music with stupid content. He simply has nothing to learn from there. So, of course, the tastes of a person , including musical ones, tell about him, about his level, his content, inner world and intellect, too, as an integral part of the personality. Everything is interconnected in a person.

So music tells much more about a person, what it seems.

Answer 3
January, 2021

I don't know about intelligence, but I have never met a person among fans of Max Korzh's work with whom you can talk about something high or more complex than everyday things.

Answer 4
January, 2021

When I was a teenager, yes, I believed that there was a correlation between intelligence and musical taste. When I got older, I realized that this was not true, because I met unpleasant and stupid people listening to what I consider to be good music, and amazing, smarter people listening to low-quality Russian pop music or Russian rap.

Answer 5
January, 2021

Of course, yes. To say that music is a matter of taste in this matter is not correct and not logical. Since the question does not sound like: "Which genre is better?" And how: "What is the connection between intelligence and musical preferences?" Music is needed so that a person experiences certain emotions when listening, which in turn causes certain thoughts. Accordingly, it is very easy to understand what intellectual and spiritual needs a person is concerned about when you see his playlist. When a friend on the list has such masterpieces as "I am oh tough car" or "I am ooh tough male" or "I like to fuck with chicks in the club because I am Australopithecus" and other pearls, then you can easily diagnose moron and degenerate. Although a person may look very decent and cultured, but after a minute of conversation with the person, it becomes clear to you that the character has no content.
Musical works that cause a person to do some kind of inner work, generate strong emotions and new thoughts, like I think they can be in any genre, it all depends on the specific work. It is enough to understand what effect the track has, it can be pop and rap, or whatever, and the effect on consciousness will be positive and even developing. And if "muzlo" excites the most primitive, stupid and degenerate thoughts and instincts in a person, it is clear that the listener is a carrier of "Icq higher than Enstein's." I read an article popular on the Internet that supposedly listeners of metal and heavy music are highly intellectual comrades prone to intense inner work and experiences. Maybe. But according to my personal observations at all kinds of events dedicated to shaking my head under the mitoll, and personal communication with lovers of a heavy guitar sound, among them there can be both very spiritual and smart guys, and dumb cattle disguised in skate clothes or whatever is fashionable there. But! The general level of this audience is head and shoulders above that of fans of "BASS" or "KLUBnyak" and "other progressive trends in art".

Answer 6
January, 2021

Definitely not. Even if there are statistics from scientists published in a peer-reviewed journal. Because you cannot use stat methods on an individual person, even if statistics speak of a high probability - you can only meet people from a measly 5% until the end of your life. Plus your sample can be highly dependent on various factors. This applies not only to music, but in general to any marker of behavior - you should not judge individual people with methods such as "most wearing a checkered tie are clinical idiots." frequency of visiting various places (if any), for example, you can go to the university / RAS / etc.

Answer 7
January, 2021

I was expecting to see something here, not about the connection between IQ and music, but about the connection between the mindset and music. Quote: A person's musical preferences may be related to their type of thinking, scientists at the University of Cambridge say.

Their research, published in the journal PLoS One, showed that sensitive people prefer softer, less loud music.

And people who are inclined to analyze and organize information tend to love punk or heavy metal music.

Scientists believe that this study could affect the world of the music industry.

People often change music channels looking for a melody that they like. But for scientists it remains a mystery, under the influence of what factors this choice is made.

Survey of listeners

To find out this question, scientists studied the behavior of 4 thousand people.

First, test participants were asked to answer questions about themselves. The test was designed so that, based on its results, a person could be attributed to either an emotional or a rational type of thinking.

For example, participants were asked if they were interested in how the engines work, and also learned if they manages to predict people's behavior and understand their feelings.

The study participants were asked to listen to 50 short pieces of music from 26 different styles and rate each piece on a 10-point scale.

People who live more like emotions, more often they preferred R&B, soft rock and folk music. And the analytic tends to choose avant-garde jazz and heavy metal.

Participants with a high aptitude for empathy are likely to prefer works by Jeff Buckley and Norah Jones. And those who like to systematize everything will probably like the work of the Metallica group.

Scientists have found that even in one genre, people chose compositions that are different in style and intensity of performance, depending on their type of thinking.

Cambridge University PhD student David Greenberg suggests this research could be used by the music industry.

"Huge sums of money are being invested in algorithms that choose the music you want to listen to. For example, the Spotify program in the Apple Music app. By recognizing the mindset of a person, such services could adjust their offerings for listeners, "said Mr. Greenberg. The end of the quote, and now my experience, I have a classmate who listens to Children of Bodom (sorry if I wrote it wrong) and the like, I can't say which direction of rock it is, not an expert, and so, he just has excellent success in mathematics, he was probably the best on the stream. This is confirmed from the article. I, too, am close to the exact sciences, not at his level, but on the stream I was one of the best. By mathematics, I mean not mathematics itself, but exact sciences and the corresponding mindset. I myself listen to very different music, from pop and spleen to punk rap to rock. But, my favorite genre (no, this is not a hip-x directionoops, as some people mistakenly think) I have grime, grime is a genre of music similar to hip hop, it differs in the speed of reading ~ 140 words per minute and the corresponding aggression, this music charges me directly. Well, okay, the question is not about that, based on this article, and my experience, by the way, everyone else in the group listens to calm music regarding grime and rock and have always hated the issue, based on my group, we can say that the mindset affects the choice music, but it's hard to talk about IQ here. Moreover, as far as I know, now they trust not so much IQ as EI. I hope this information is helpful.

Answer 8
January, 2021

Of course not. At work, I prefer to listen to Rachmaninoff, Chopin. If I give it well, then I love "well-worn" things like "Bolero" by Ravel or "Aranjuez Concerto" by Rodrigo. I love Daniel Lavoie (this is Frollo in Notre Dame Cathedral) and Delilah. If you twist the nuts in the kitchen or dig in the garden - you can Nagovitsyna or Gulko. At worst - "White Roses" performed by Shufutinsky. And yes - I'm not schizophrenic. It's just something like this))))

Answer 9
January, 2021

I think you can't link music and intelligence. Here you can rather catch a connection with the psychological component: mood, temperament, extra / introversion. Again, musical preferences change both with age and due to any psychological changes.

Answer 10
January, 2021

I think that by the music that a person listens to, one can determine the level of his intelligence. Music definitely affects a person's worldview, ideals and aspirations. If he listens to "Find a Way Out", driving himself into depression, or other performers advocating a cardinally wrong way of life, then he is unlikely to suddenly have a desire to develop himself (his intellect). Of course, there are no bad genres in music, and we all sometimes need to listen to unobtrusive pop songs about love in order to get emotional relief, but an intelligent person can certainly filter out all the "dirt" and bad taste.

Answer 11
January, 2021

You can draw conclusions from any little thing at all) The only difference is how significant they will be)

I am wary of people who listen strictly to one style of music. In my opinion, this speaks of some limitations ...

Answer 12
January, 2021

There are probably extremes by which it is realistic to understand how stupid a person is, but this only applies to extremes. Even the Caspian cargo can be liked by an intelligent person. But according to HOW a person listens to music, even more so - how he positions his taste - here you can make more or less unequivocal conclusions. Example:
-Kasta rules, everything else is shit, and rockers are all morons! - here it becomes clear that a person does not have sufficient pluralism, without which (IMHO) it is now impossible to at least somewhat adequate person. The question of music, as well as other questions of a personal nature (such as religion, political views, attitudes to ambiguous problems) are usually raised with a fairly close acquaintance and never such things as muses. taste does not stick out of the pocket of an intelligent person. Therefore, if musical taste is in the top ten things that you learned about a person, evaluate how ready he is to accept someone else's opinion about music. If this is fanaticism, the person is unlikely to be an interesting conversationalist.

On the other hand, even an admirer of Liszt and Strauss may turn out to be stupid, everything is ambiguous here. To identify the level of intelligence, it would be better to use a less subjective thing than music.

Answer 13
January, 2021

Definitely not.

However, not so long ago Virgil Griffith released data on the average SAT scores of people who noted on Facebook that they like this or that group. Data on the 133 most popular bands and composers among US university applicants are available at this link:

Answer 14
January, 2021

I risk being minus, but I share my opinion / observations.

If I see songs in the playlist of a person like - "Lada sedan eggplant", Caspian cargo, "spice nichu * vaya movement", "such a brother's life (remix bassboosted)", that is, songs with a dubious semantic load, then you immediately get the impression of a person of a near-minded mentality.

But the rest is a matter of taste.

Answer 15
January, 2021

Musical preferences are hardly connected with intelligence. But with the inner depth of a person - rather yes than no. Example: a person seriously listening to Letov or Vysotsky is clearly deep, and hardly superficial. A person listening to some kind of pop music can be both deep and superficial. Important: I used "depth" and "superficiality" without any connection with the intellect. There may be very smart people, but their intellect is not fertilized by any or almost no moral, spiritual principles.

Answer 16
January, 2021

Musical taste is a complex function with many parameters. As one of the parameters, the level of intelligence is probably also included there. But with what kind of weighting factor, and what kind of this function will be, it is not known exactly. Therefore, as mathematicians would say, it is generally not possible to construct an inverse function (according to musical taste, to try to calculate the level of intelligence or something else). This, of course, does not negate possible statistical coincidences (of music and some characteristics of a person), but one should not look for an explicit connection in this. One can only make some assumptions (based on statistics), which will be confirmed with some probability.

In my opinion, other factors have a much greater influence on musical preferences. For example, how this taste was formed, what kind of music the parents listened to (and played to the child) in childhood, which was popular among friends and in general around when a person was 7-25 years old. It is important what kind of character the person had (i.e. whether he will listen to about the same as everyone else or will, on the contrary, look for something else).

It also matters what role music plays in general in the life of this specific person. There are people who are generally indifferent to music, they only need it for the background in the car or for routine activities. Of course, they love something more, but they will not be able to listen to something, but the connection between taste and some other characteristics, and even more so intelligence, will be insignificant.

Also, in some answers to this question, it reads that music can be conventionally divided into good and bad (complex / primitive), and as a result, to glue "labels" on people who listen to this music. This is fundamentally the wrong approach. Rhythmic African music (and rap, as one of the indirect heirs of this layer of culture) or Latin American bossa nova are no better and no worse than European classical music. They are just different. Good and bad music can only be talked about in the context of performance quality. It is an extremely difficult task to write down some work well, even in a conventionally "low genre" (getting into notes, correctly placing accents, not losing the rhythm, etc.). I agree that, on average, classical music and jazz are more complexly arranged than what is offered on the screens of Russian television. But in order for this "complexity" to bring pleasure while listening, you need not a higher intelligence, but rather a habit of listening to such music. You need to understand it. Among the complexly arranged piles of metal in a museum of contemporary art, someone is able to see a masterpiece (and really experience a great aesthetic pleasure from what he sees), because it is immersed in a certain cultural context, and for someone it will be incomprehensible rubbish, and not at all because he has something wrong with the intellect. The opposite example is Malevich's black square. If someone likes a primitive geometric figure (or if we continue the analogy with music, then a simple pop song with noa vivid melody), is it possible to draw some conclusion from this?

Some facts, for example, that you will most likely meet Grigory Perelman at the Philharmonic, and not at a rock concert, create the illusion that this can be generalized and look for the connection between music and intelligence. Last year in KVN the team of D.A.L.S. joked about the fact that if you don't like the chanson and the song "Vladimirsky Central" in particular, then "you should not excuse yourself, you never know when you might like this song".

Ie. Of course, certain conclusions can be drawn from music, but the method is extremely unreliable.

Answer 17
January, 2021

No .

Intelligence and taste are two different things.

You can try to draw a conclusion about a person's intelligence from reasoning about music, but definitely not from his "like, not like".

Answer 18
January, 2021

I think not. Music is perhaps one of the most subjective forms of art, and any debate over which genre is better is a priori meaningless. Yes, there are some canons and samples, but they relate more to the form, and not to the content.

I mean that each, even the seemingly simplest, genre has dozens, or even hundreds of subgenres and varieties.
Here's a simple example. The commentator above mentioned synthpop as an example of a simple sound, but this genre has a bunch of derivatives (electropop, electroclash, futurepop, synthwave, retrowave, etc.), overlapping with other global genres, and each of them, believe me, has your audience. Not to mention the fact that there are also a crazy number of synthesizer varieties that are usually used in synthpop music, and each of them has its own sound.
It is not so difficult to find a fan of anyone, even considered the most marginal , a genre that will turn out to be much more educated and aesthetically advanced than you.
That is, music is more likely to satisfy needs, rather than an indicator of intelligence. Someone likes it simpler and "to take it for the soul", someone prefers multi-level instrumental music, someone is attracted by more powerful basses. To each his own

Answer 19
January, 2021

Intelligence level? Do you mean IQ? It seems doubtful that aesthetic preference is a criterion for determining the brain's ability to analyze and synthesize. Maybe you are interested in more understandable everyday assessments of "smart" / "normal" / "dumb"? But the level of the norm is different for everyone, in addition, a pragmatic housewife can listen to the same thing as a careless corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (especially if they live together), while both will be skeptical about each other's abilities. This is what musical (literary, film) preferences can say for sure, it's about upbringing, the picture of the world and the outlook of a person. Thus, you will be able to conclude on these grounds whether you can easily find a common language with him.

Answer 20
January, 2021

In general, yes, but not always.

First, a person can listen to music situationally, i.e. in a particular period, prefer "not very intellectual" music due to some personal circumstances, and you, not seeing his other musical interests, will make an erroneous conclusion.

Secondly, a person may have a high IQ and paradoxical to balance it with completely "non-intellectual" addictions in music. Contrast, so to speak. On the contrary, by the way, if it happens, it is rare.

But in general, the music we listen to certainly affects our intellectual "background", and research on this topic is being actively carried out.

Answer 21
January, 2021

In most cases, yes.

For some people, hard rock is an indicator of a gloomy, not too educated and aggressive young person, and reserved and sophisticated people listen to classical music.

Concerning R'n'B and pop music, it is preferred by those who like to have fun and those who cannot imagine their life without parties. But is this true? For many years now, scientists have been studying the effect of music on human intelligence. And the results of these studies are simply amazing. So, people who listen to pop music are very hardworking, and the chosen ones of rock have a fairly high level of IQ.

If you go back to the 80s, then at that time rock music was considered satanic, and its listeners equated almost to the king of the dark forces. The youth, dressed in leather jackets decorated with iron spikes and rivets, frightened old people in the vicinity. Since then, the spirit of rebelliousness and the then paraphernalia of the elderly population has entrenched a strange stereotype that adorers of rock music are antichrists and are dangerous to society. Cultural and religious people, in their opinion, should not listen to such music.

In society, they were condescending to those who preferred a dance melody, but considered them idlers, because they thought that apart from dancing they were that they are not capable of anything else.

There was also an opinion that major (cheerful rhythmic) music cheers up, and sad notes drive you into depression. Over time, scientists became interested in this phenomenon.

Scientists conducted a number of research experiments and found out the relationship between character, mood and level of intelligence with music. The result of their research turned out to be amazing!

Major classics or pops of a cheerful performance are not attributed to all people in a bad mood. For some individuals with a vulnerable nature, the relationship with such a musical preference can only harm and drive into depression.

And the aching songs of a hysterical nature make you empathize.

Research conducted by scientists at Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, curated by Professor and Head of the Department of Applied Psychology Andrian North, proved the connection between the character and intelligence of the listener with musical preferences. The study involved 36,000 citizens from around the world who passed the classic IQ tests. The main goal of the scientists was to prove that listening to heavy music is very dangerous for the central nervous system and the overall complex development of a person.

According to the results of the study, scientists have determined that listeners of hard rock have impressive similarities with lovers of classical music. They showed the highest level of intelligence. And you shouldn't listen to old people, believing that rock lovers are depressed and suicidal, fallen, dark people. Scientists from the university are calling for the time to think sensibly and realize that rock music lovers are creatively accomplished and subtle natures. They are completely harmless and beneficial to society.

Lowest resultstats of IQ tests were shown by fans of r'n'b, hip-hop and rap. Lovers of the reggae music trend demonstrated a demonstratively high sociability and self-esteem. Listeners of blues and jazz also remained satisfied with their self-esteem, with a fairly high level of it.

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