Musical preferences

Alexandra Lamont and Alinka Greasley

in Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780199298457
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Musical preferences


This article explores our current understanding of why we like and choose to listen to the music that we do. It begins by defining terms and considering methods, moving on to discuss the biological influences of arousal and other personality traits on music preference, questions of style discrimination, and finally the cultural influences of experience upon preference. The article evaluates existing models of music preference and considers further directions and challenges in the field.

Keywords: music choice; personality traits; style discrimination; cultural influence; music preference

Article.  5964 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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