A study conducted at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research at the University of Jyväskylä, Aalto University in Finland and Aarhus University in Denmark was done to see what is the link between your music listening habits, your mental health and your neural responses to the different types of musics through a combination of behavioural and neuroimaging data.
Don’t most people seek out music that reflects their mood, not the other way around? Years back, I remember a news piece on a setup that would apply electrodes/whatever and based on your brainwaves – construct music for playback. The subjects enjoyed the result…
Ever wondered if the categorization of the music has less to do with the lyrics and more to do with ambient noise, structure, beat etc? It is about how a person is using music, not what they are listening to. Additionally, listening to ‘extreme’ music makes you more positive (study):
…psychologists have found that rather than increasing anger or aggression, listening to loud and chaotic music actually helps listeners feel inspired and calm.