Another study has been conducted in the recent past: namely, the STOMP (Short Test for Musical Preference). This was undertaken at the University of Texas, and findings were based on questions put to undergraduates. Its goal was to match up one’s favourite genre (of which there were fourteen in total) to one’s personality type (of which there were four in total: namely, reflective and complex, intense and rebellious, upbeat and conventional, and energetic and rhythmic). It then tried to determine which genres loaded most strongly on which ‘music-preference dimension’.
Ultimately its findings are as follows: blues and jazz load most strongly on reflective and complex; rock and metal load most strongly on intense and rebellious; religious and pop load most strongly on upbeat and conventional; and dance and funk load most strongly on energetic and rhythmic.
In the end, music can only say so much about an individual. Whether you like your music slow or fast, produced or stripped-back, will, of course, depend upon mood, and we each contain within us the potential for a range of personalities. The fact that one is so easy to read is perhaps a dehumanising prospect. We might feel less special for the fact that psychometrics can categorise us so precisely. Don’t worry, though. They only know us from the outside.