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Soundtrack To Our Lives Changes As We Age

October 17, 2013

Psychologists at the University of Cambridge say that our musical tastes adapt to different periods in our life. They looked at large pool of people in two cross-sectional studies. They found that adolescence is dominated by a preference for intense music like punk and metal that coincides with the need to establish identity. This need for intensity wanes in early adulthood as taste move onto contemporary pop, rap, and R&B while life in that stage is sort of about finding love. Once reaching middle-age, where thing are a little calmer, a more sophisticated palate craves jazz and classical and unpretentious country, folk and blues. I’ve always said I felt like I had a soundtrack to my life. Researchers say that our tastes develop to particular challenges faced at different stages of our personal evolution.

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