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  1. There are probably extremes by which you can really understand how stupid a person is, but this applies only to extremes. Even the Caspian cargo can appeal to a smart person. But by the way a person listens to music, especially how he positions his taste – here you can draw more or less unambiguous conclusions. Example:
    – Caste 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) at least some adequate person is impossible now. A question about music, as well as other questions of a personal nature(such as religion, politics, etc.). views, attitudes to ambiguous problems) are usually raised with a fairly close acquaintance and never such things as muses. taste doesn't stick out of the pocket of an intelligent person. So if your taste in music is one of the top ten things you've learned about a person, evaluate how willing they are to accept someone else's opinion about music. If this is fanaticism, it is unlikely that the person will be an interesting conversationalist.�

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

  2. Some conclusions can be drawn from everything – how a person looks into the distance, how he dresses, how fast he goes and where he looks when talking. Of course, you can also tell something from what a person listens to, including the level of their intelligence. But there are two points… First, you need to know your taste preferences in detail and for certain, and not proceed from what is in the playlist of a couple of tracks or what the person is listening to at the moment; secondly, often the conclusions depend on who is observing and how, that is, there is no strict causal relationship that can be used without thinking and make universal conclusions based on it, in particular, also because intelligence is a multi – layered thing-sometimes the depth of understanding of music does not coincide with the depth of understanding of some other things. Plus, it also happens that it “catches”, and nothing can be done))
    And more… music is one thing, songs are another. In addition to the musical component, songs contain text content that has nothing to do with the actual music.

  3. Music preferences are hardly related to intelligence. But with the inner depth of a person-more likely yes than no. Example: a person who seriously listens to Letov or Vysotsky is obviously deep, and hardly superficial. A person who listens to a certain pop music can be both deep and superficial. Important :I used” depth “and” superficiality ” without any connection with intelligence. There may be very intelligent people, but their intellect is not fertilized by any or almost no moral, spiritual principles.

  4. I run the risk of being confused, but I share my opinion/observations.

    If I see songs like “lada Sedan eggplant”, “Caspian cargo”, “spice nihu*vaya dvizhuha”, “such a bro's life (remix bassboosted)” in a person's playlist, that is, songs with a dubious semantic load, then one immediately gets the impression of a person of a narrow – minded mind.

    But the rest is a matter of taste.

  5. After reading the discussion above, I got the impression that people who answered “no, musical taste and intelligence are not connected in any way”, thus “justify” their musical preferences in which it is a shame to admit and that it is indicative, everything, as an extenuating circumstance, immediately adds “I listen to this when I get drunk”. This does not speak about their intelligence, of course, but about the general makeup of their personality.

    As for the topic of the question itself, it seems to me that it was worth taking the concept wider than intelligence, i.e. not only the human mind, but also the level of its spiritual development, culture, etc., which is covered by the concept of “intelligence”. That would be a better word. Both musical taste and the level of human development, both intellectual, 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 eat anything”.

    But here it is worth making one more reservation. What is music? For the most part, this is a combination of music itself and meaning conveyed through words. So, in the vast majority of cases, it makes no sense to argue and evaluate about the music itself – it is music that, without words, can rarely be unequivocally defined as “narrow-minded” or “primitive”. It usually just causes a feeling of “like – dislike”. Music can be very imaginative 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 songs as an example: “spice nihu*vaya dvizhuha”, such a life bro”. Well, a person will not really be able to listen to music with stupid content internally. He just doesn't have anything to learn from it. So, of course, a person's tastes, including musical ones, tell about him, about his level, his content, inner world and intelligence, too, as an integral part of the personality. Everything is interconnected in a person.

    So music tells a lot more about a person than it seems.

  6. No.

    Intelligence and taste preferences 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, dislike”.

  7. When I was a teenager, yes, I believed that there was a relationship between intelligence and musical taste. When I got older, I realized that this was not true, because I met unpleasant and stupid people who listen to what I think is good music, and amazing, smart people who listen to low-quality Russian pop or Russian rap.

  8. Definitely not. Even if there are statistics from scientists published in a peer-reviewed journal. Because you can't use stat methods on an individual, even if the statistics indicate a high probability – you can only meet people out of a measly 5% for the rest of your life. Plus, your sample size may very much depend on various factors. This applies not only to music, but also to any marker of behavior in general – you should not judge individual people with methods like “most people who wear a checkered tie are clinical idiots”.
    But you can try to increase the probability of meeting an intelligent person, for example, according to statistics on the dependence of IQ on the frequency of visits to various places(if there is one), for example, you can go to the university / RAS / etc.

  9. Many people know that if you put a shell to your ear, you can hear the sound of the sea. But not many people know that if you put a shell smeared with shit to your ear,you can hear the Caspian Cargo.

    But seriously, no. There are many different conclusions on the topic of musical preferences, where rap music lovers are defined as narrow-minded people, and those who prefer classical music are praised as highly intelligent and spiritually rich superhumans. Maybe this is true according to statistics, but this does not mean that now somewhere near Samara, a fan of Viti Ak is not defending his doctorate in physics, and a fan of Rachmaninoff and Vivaldi, does not listen to Shura Karetny during breaks, right after watching Beavis and Badhead, when he has free time from recording videos about the Flat Earth.

  10. Absolutely, yes. To say that music is a matter of taste in this matter is not correct and not logical. Since the question doesn't sound like ” Which genre is better?”. And how: “What is the relationship 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 concern a person when you see their playlist. When a friend has such masterpieces as “Umenya oh” on the listcar” or “I'm a fucking male” or “I like to fuck with chicks in the club because I'm an Australopithecus” well, and other pearls, then you can easily diagnose a moron and a degenerate. Although the 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.
    It seems to me that musical works that cause a person to work internally, generate strong emotions and new thoughts, can be in any genre, it all depends on the specific piece. It is enough to understand what effect the track has, it can be both pop and rap, and anything else, and the effect on the mind 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 intelligent comrades, prone to intense internal work and experiences. Perhaps. But according to my personal observations at all sorts of events dedicated to shaking your head under the mitoll, and personal communication with fans of heavy guitar sound, among them can be both very spiritual and smart guys, and stupid rednecks disguised in skateshmot or whatever is fashionable. But! The general level of this audience is head and shoulders higher than that of fans of “Bass” or “Tuber”, and “other progressive trends in art”.

  11. I think that the music that a person listens to, you can determine the level of his intelligence. Music definitely influences a person's worldview, ideals, and aspirations. If he listens to “Find a way out”, driving himself into depression, or other performers who promote a radically wrong lifestyle, then it is unlikely that he will suddenly have a desire to develop himself (his intelligence). Of course, there are no bad genres in music, and we all sometimes need to listen to unobtrusive pop songs about love to get emotional relief, but an intelligent person can certainly filter out all the “dirt” and bad taste.

  12. In most cases, yes.

    For some people, heavy rock is an indicator of a sullen, not very educated and aggressive young person, and reserved and refined people listen to classical music.

    As for R'n'B and pop music, it is preferred by fans of fun and those who can not imagine their life without parties. But is it true? For many years, scientists have been studying the influence 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 rock favorites have a fairly high IQ level.

    If you go back to the 80s, then at that time rock music was considered satanic, and its listeners were almost equated with the king of the dark forces. Young people dressed in leather jackets decorated with iron spikes and rivets scared the old people in the surrounding area. Since then, the spirit of rebellion and the then attributes of the senile population has fixed a strange stereotype that fans of rock music are Antichrists and dangerous to society. Cultured and religious people, according to their concepts, should not listen to such music.

    In society, those who gave their preference to the dance melody were treated with condescension, but they were considered idlers, because they thought that they were not capable of anything else but dancing.

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

    Scientists conducted a series of research experiments and found out the relationship of character, mood and intelligence level with music. The result of their research was amazing!

    Major classical works or pop music of a cheerful nature are not attributed to all people with a bad mood. For some individuals with a vulnerable nature, the relationship with such a musical preference can only harm and drive them into depression.

    And the aching songs of an anguished nature make you empathize.

    Research conducted by scientists at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University, supervised 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 people from different countries of 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 overall complex human development.

    According to the results of the study, scientists have determined that heavy rock listeners have impressive similarities with classical music lovers. They showed the highest level of intelligence. And you should not listen to the old people, considering that rock lovers are depressed and suicidal fallen, dark people. Scientists from the university urge that it is time to think sensibly and realize that fans of rock music are creatively complete and subtle natures. They are completely harmless and useful to society.

    Fans of r'n'b, hip-hop and rap showed the lowest IQ test results. Exponentially high sociability and self-esteem were demonstrated by fans of the reggae music direction. Blues and jazz listeners also remained satisfied with their self-esteem, with a fairly high level of it.

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

    Their study, published in the journal PLoS One, found that sensitive people prefer softer, quieter music.

    And people who tend to analyze and organize information usually like music in the style of punk or heavy metal.

    Scientists believe that this study may have an impact on the world of the music industry.

    People often switch music channels in search of a tune that they like. But for scientists, it remains a mystery under the influence of what factors this choice occurs.

    Audience survey

    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 according to its results, a person can be attributed to either an emotional or rational type of thinking.

    For example, participants were asked if they were interested in how engines work, and whether they were good at predicting people's behavior and understanding 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 on emotions were more likely to prefer R&B, soft rock, and folk music. The analytical ones usually chose avant-garde jazz and heavy metal.

    Participants with high empathy abilities are more likely to prefer the works of Jeff Buckley and Nora Jones. And fans of systematizing everything will probably like the work of Metallica.

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

    David Greenberg, a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, suggests that this research can be used by representatives of the music industry.

    “Huge amounts of money are being invested in developing algorithms that select the music you want to listen to. For example, the Spotify program in the Apple Music app. Having learned the type of thinking of a person, such services could adjust their offers for listeners, ” said Mr. Greenberg. End quote, and now my experience, I have a classmate who listens to Children of Bodom (sorry if I didn't write it correctly) and the like, I can't say what kind of rock direction it is, I'm not an expert, so, he just has excellent success in mathematics, he was probably the best on the stream. This is confirmed from the article. I'm also close to the exact sciences, not at his level, but I was one of the best at the stream. By mathematics, I no longer mean mathematics itself, but the exact sciences and the corresponding mindset. I myself listen to very different music, from pop and Splin to punk rap and rock. But, the most favorite genre(no, this is not the direction of hip-hop as some mistakenly think) I have grime, grime is a genre of music similar to hip hop, it has a reading speed of ~ 140 words per minute and a corresponding aggression, this music charges me directly. Well, that's 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 relative to grime and rock and always hated to play mat, based on my group, you can say that the mindset affects the choice of music, but it's difficult to talk about IQ here. Moreover, as far as I know, now they trust not so much IQ as EI. I hope this information will be useful.

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

    In my opinion, music preferences are significantly more influenced by other factors. For example, how this taste was formed, what kind of music parents listened to (and put on to the child) in childhood, what was popular among friends and in general around when the person was 7-25 years old. It is important what kind of character a person had (i.e., whether he will listen to about the same thing as everyone else or will be looking for something else on the contrary).

    It also matters what role music plays in the life of that particular person. There are some people who don't care about music in general, but only need it for the background in the car or for a routine activity. Of course, they love some things more and won't be able to listen to others, but the connection between taste and some other characteristics, much less intelligence, will be insignificant.

    Also, in some answers to this question, it is read that music can be divided into good and bad (complex/primitive), and as a result, put “labels” on people who listen to this music. This is a fundamentally wrong approach. Rhythmic African music (and rap, as one of the indirect heirs of this layer of culture) or Latin American bossa nova is no better or worse than European classical music. They're just different. You can only talk about good and bad music in the context of performance quality. It is an extremely difficult task to write down a piece of music well, even if it is conventionally of a “low genre” (to hit the notes, place the accents correctly, keep up with the rhythm, etc.). I agree that on average, classical music and jazz are more complex than what is offered from the screens of domestic television. But in order for this “complexity” to bring pleasure when listening, you need not a higher intelligence, but rather the habit of listening to such music. You need to understand it. Among the complicated piles of metal in the Museum of modern Art, someone can see a masterpiece (and really experience great aesthetic pleasure from what they see), because it is immersed in a certain cultural context, and for someone it will be incomprehensible junk, and not at all because there is something wrong with their intelligence. The reverse example is Malevich's black square. If someone likes a primitive geometric shape (or if we continue the analogy with music, then a simple pop song with a simple melody), can we draw any conclusion from this?

    Some facts, such as the fact that you are more likely to meet Grigory Perelman at the Philharmonic hall than at a rock concert, create the illusion that this can be generalized and look for a connection between music and intelligence. Last year in KVN, the team of D. A. L. S. joked that if you don't like chanson and the song “Vladimirsky Central” in particular, then “don't bet, you never know when you might like this song.”

    Those. certain conclusions about music can certainly be made, but the method is extremely unreliable.

  15. I don't know about intelligence, but I've never met anyone among the fans of Max Korzh's work with whom you can talk about something higher or more complex than everyday things.

  16. Of course you can't. I prefer to listen to Rachmaninoff and Chopin at work. If I sell well, then I like “well-worn” things like Ravel's “Bolero” or Rodrigo's “Aranjuez Concert”. I love Daniel Lavoie (who is Frollo at Notre Dame) and Delilah. If you twist the nuts in the kitchen or dig in the garden-you can use Nagovitsyn or Gulko. At the very least – “White Roses” performed by Shufutinsky. And yes – I'm not schizophrenic. Just something like that))))

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

  18. You can draw conclusions in general from any trifle) The only difference is how significant they will be)

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

  19. I don't think so. Music is probably one of the most subjective forms of art, and any debate about which genre is better is a priori meaningless. Yes, there are some canons and patterns, but they relate to the form rather than the content.

    I mean, every genre, even the simplest one, has dozens or even hundreds of subgenres and varieties.
    I'll give you a simple example. The commentator above mentioned synthpop as an example of a simple sound, but this genre has a lot of derivatives (electropop, electroclash, fusion, synth-wave, retro-wave, etc.) that intersect with other global genres, and each of them, believe me, has its own audience. Not to mention the fact that there are also a huge number of varieties of synthesizers that are usually used in the creation of synthpop music, and each of them has its own sound.
    It is not so difficult to find a fan of any genre, even if it is considered the most marginal, who will be much more educated and aesthetically developed than you.
    In other words, music is more likely to satisfy needs, rather than being an indicator of intelligence. Someone likes it simpler and “to take the soul”, someone prefers multi-level instrumental music, someone is attracted to more powerful basses. To each his own

  20. The level of intelligence? Do you mean IQ? It seems doubtful that aesthetic preferences are a criterion for determining the brain's ability to analyze and synthesize. Maybe you are interested in more understandable everyday assessments of “smart” / “normal”/ “stupid”? But the level of norm is different for everyone, besides, a pragmatic housewife can listen to the same things as a carefree corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (especially if they live together), while both will be skeptical about each other's abilities. Here's what musical (literary, film) preferences can say for sure, so it's about education, the picture of the world and the outlook of a person. This way, you can use these signs to determine whether you can easily find a common language with them.

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