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Enigmatic564
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Do you think having a higher intelligence relates to listening to different music?

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Ehhh, generally the answer should be yes but I've seen so many incredibly smart people listen to nothing but club music
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I certainly think that it can, to a certain degree. People with higher intelligences are more apt to understand what they're hearing, and would possibly be more into more complex genres of music, such as classical. Education about music can ruin ones interest in a lot of popular mainstream music, because you realize how monotonous, over-produced, and bland it really is.

Overall, though, this would be a rather hard thing to gauge, since there are so many factors that play into why some people listen to certain types of music, as opposed to others.
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No, of course not. People equating intelligence to music taste are those who just want to feel better about themselves. "I listen to ****in' Chopin and Neutral Milk Hotel. Aren't I smart? Pay attention to me. I'm better than those idiots who like Toby Keith and Soulja Boy."
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No, of course not. People equating intelligence to music taste are those who just want to feel better about themselves. "I listen to ****in' Chopin and Neutral Milk Hotel. Aren't I smart? Pay attention to me. I'm better than those idiots who like Toby Keith and Soulja Boy."
Cause NMH and Chopin are smart people music
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Quote by Colgate Total
No, of course not. People equating intelligence to music taste are those who just want to feel better about themselves. "I listen to ****in' Chopin and Neutral Milk Hotel. Aren't I smart? Pay attention to me. I'm better than those idiots who like Toby Keith and Soulja Boy."

What in all **** is Neutral Milk Hotel? Sounds like some hipster band

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I think its related but not definate


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No, why would it?
Not like they`re singing in equations.
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I think it's more about what you are accustomed to. People who have grown up in pop culture hearing three minute poptechno songs probably will be bored by a forty minute classical piece, not because they're not smart enough, but because it's so different.

I have found that the progressive-metal community, more than others in my experience, has the attitude (to an extreme degree) that they are more intelligent because their music is more complex.
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I think it's more about what you are accustomed to. People who have grown up in pop culture hearing three minute poptechno songs probably will be bored by a forty minute classical piece, not because they're not smart enough, but because it's so different.

I have found that the progressive-metal community, more than others in my experience, has the attitude (to an extreme degree) that their music is more intelligent because it's more complex.

Hmm, interesting. I agree with this, at the same time, though. It's a conditioning thing, too. I actually detest progressive metal/rock and all those "tech" bands that need moar range with their 8 string guitars. So I think there's more that goes into it than what I proposed, with things like what you said.
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^ Conditioning is the perfect word
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There was a study that showed, on average, people who listened to Beethoven had a higher IQ than those who listened to Lil Wayne. So yes.
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There was a study that showed, on average, people who listened to Beethoven had a higher IQ than those who listened to Lil Wayne. So yes.

Actually a bit interesting in reading more about this. Google it or do you have a link/source?
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Actually a bit interesting in reading more about this. Google it or do you have a link/source?


Turns out it wasn't IQ, it was SAT scores.
It's really late and I'm tired so this is the best I could find
http://www.labnol.org/internet/music-taste-linked-to-intelligence/7489/
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Turns out it wasn't IQ, it was SAT scores.
It's really late and I'm tired so this is the best I could find
http://www.labnol.org/internet/music-taste-linked-to-intelligence/7489/

That's the weirdest chart I've ever soon, but it works.
Very interesting, thank you.
It says "classical" at one point but it isn't even that high on the chart, and Beethoven's nowhere to be seen. Lil Wayne is one of the lowest, though
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I consider myself highly intelligent and accept most forms of music and enjoy quite a few different genres.

I know people just as/more intelligent than me that refuse to listen to anything other than dubstep.

I don't know what to think about this.
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Generally smart people listen to good music.
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Quote by Trowzaa
Turns out it wasn't IQ, it was SAT scores.
It's really late and I'm tired so this is the best I could find
http://www.labnol.org/internet/music-taste-linked-to-intelligence/7489/

Techno fans score highest followed by classic rock and country? I call bull on the whole thing.
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I consider myself highly intelligent and accept most forms of music and enjoy quite a few different genres.

I know people just as/more intelligent than me that refuse to listen to anything other than dubstep.

I don't know what to think about this.


It's probably more to do with openness to experience and introversion, imo. I think most extraverts appreciate music as a social lubricant of sorts, whereas introverts are more likely to appreciate the music in its own right.

Those who rank low on openness to experience probably won't like music that is alien to their socioeconomic group, and might appreciate music more as a part of their cultural identity.

It is true that intelligence is correlated with openness to experience, but I'm not sure to what extent.

I'm basing this entirely on intuition, no stats or studies so I might be talking utter shite.
Also, I'm not saying there's any wrong or right way to appreciate music.
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arnt people who study music generally more intelligent than those who don't?
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It's probably more to do with openness to experience and introversion, imo. I think most extraverts appreciate music as a social lubricant of sorts, whereas introverts are more likely to appreciate the music in its own right.

Those who rank low on openness to experience probably won't like music that is alien to their socioeconomic group, and might appreciate music more as a part of their cultural identity.

It is true that intelligence is correlated with openness to experience, but I'm not sure to what extent.

I'm basing this entirely on intuition, no stats or studies so I might be talking utter shite.
Also, I'm not saying there's any wrong or right way to appreciate music.

A wrong way to appreciate music would be to, say, listen to it to "fit in" with a certain group or crowd. Although, I suppose that's not truly appreciating, and just more being fake.
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From my experience 'intelligent' people (read: booksmart/high IQ whatever) tend to be more open minded about music. They'll listen to symphonies, metal or cheesy pop songs, they can appreciate it for what it is and that each genre has its own niche. Some less intelligent people I know seem more close minded about music and only really appreciate the genres/bands they know and enjoy.
Realistically though I think it'd be incredibly hard to find a correlation between intelligence and musical tastes, aside from a few anecdotes. How is intelligence to be measured? How are we linking it to musical tastes?
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arnt people who study music generally more intelligent than those who don't?

Nah if they were smart they'd be studying a real subject.
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