Profile: David Greenberg

PhD candidate, Psychology, Cambridge

My research examines musical behavior at the intersection of personality, social, and cognitive science. It begins from that standpoint that differences in musical experience are not random, but are rather tied to various psychological and cultural processes. Recently, our work has shown that personality and cognitive styles predict musical preferences and musical ability. We also explore a range of other topics including musical talent and skill in autism, how music is linked to resilience and well-being, and whether music can increase empathy and communication skills.

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What Musical Taste Says About Your Personality

We’re exposed to music for nearly 20% of our waking lives. But much of our musical experience seems to be a mystery. Why does some music bring us to tears while other pieces make us dance? Why is it that the music that we like can make others agitated? And why do some people seem to have a natural ability to play music while others have difficulty carrying a tune? Science is beginning to show that these individual differences are not just random but are, in part, due to people’s personalities.

Category: Music

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