Funeral playlist compilers do it their way as pop songs top choices – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

“A study among 300 Co-op funeral directors and 2,000 adults showed increasing numbers of people having a playlist ready for their funeral….

David Collingwood, the Co-op’s head of funeral operations, said: ‘Funerals are very much about personal choice and reflecting the personality, hobbies and interests of a person.’

‘More so than ever we’re seeing people pre-plan their funeral music and, in the last 12 months, 42% of our funeral directors and arrangers have received ready-made pre-planned funeral playlists.'”

Source: Funeral playlist compilers do it their way as pop songs top choices – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

St. Vincent, Peter Gabriel Help Scientists Make Playlists Tuned to Your Body | Pitchfork

The Sync Project is a research project looking at the effect that music has on human health, by charting how songs played in music apps like Spotify match up with biometric data provided by health apps and wearable technology. Yesterday, the Sync Project announced it’s enlisted four musicians to serve as advisers on the study.”

[from May]

Source: St. Vincent, Peter Gabriel Help Scientists Make Playlists Tuned to Your Body | Pitchfork

The Song Is You: Preferences for Musical Attribute Dimensions Reflect Personality (PDF Download Available)

Abstract

Research suggests that musical preferences are linked to personality, but this research has been hindered by genre-based theories and methods. We address this limitation using a novel method based on the actual attributes that people perceive from music. In Study 1, using 102 musical pieces representing 26 genres and subgenres, we show that 38 perceived attributes in music can be organized into three basic dimensions: arousal, valence, and depth. In Study 2 (N = 9,454), we show that people’s preferences for these musical attributes reflected their self-ratings of personality traits. Importantly, personality was found to predict musical preferences above and beyond demographic variables. These findings advance previous theory and research and have direct applications for the music industry, recommendation algorithms, and health-care professionals.”

What Does Your Playlist Say About Your Personality? – HowStuffWorks

“Your musical tastes are closely tied to your personality. In fact, a recent research paper published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science says that personality appears to play a more important role in the types of music you enjoy than your gender, age, socioeconomic status or cultural background.”

Source: What Does Your Playlist Say About Your Personality? – HowStuffWorks